Neglecting Christ: The most fatal transgression
Gal. 3:13 says, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.”
Beloved, the penalty for violating the law of God is everlasting punishment and mankind is exposed to this danger except they repent and confess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. All that violate the law of God are exposed to this penalty. But Christ came to redeem us from the curse of the law, which the divine law threatens to punish forever. He rescued us from the consequences of transgression in the world of woe. The death of Christ on the Calvary was all that mankind needed to escape the great wrath of God. So, Christ’s death on the Cross saved mankind from the punishment, which our sins have deserved.
Only Christ can deliver the sinner from this condemnatory curse and sentence. Only He can discharge the believer from exposure to wrath, dissolves his obligation to punishment, looses all binds and chains of his guilt, so that the curse of the law will have nothing and shall have nothing to do with him forever.
We were like a flock without a shepherd before the manifestation of Jesus. We had wandered far away from the true fold, and were following our own paths. We were without a protector, and were exposed to every kind of danger. This was the condition of the whole races before God recovers men by the plan of salvation. A flock thus wandering without a shepherd, or guide, is in a most pitiable condition; and so was man in his wanderings before he was brought back to the true fold by the great Shepherd.
We all were condemned by law and destined to die forever. But Jesus came to give us life. There was no way we would have been blessed when the Lord had pronounced us to be accused. Fortunately, Christ suffered the curse, which the Law laid upon us, that we might be acquitted from it and inherit the blessing of Abraham. Whosoever neglect so great a salvation shall never escape the wrath of God. Those who neglect it, or do not get their hearts changed by it cannot escape the coming judgment of God, not merely because they oppose His will and commandment, but because they sin against the very cause and means of their salvation. As there is but one remedy by which their diseased souls can be saved, so by refusing to apply that one remedy they must necessarily perish.
As we regard our own safety and happiness, let us commit ourselves to Him as our great Shepherd, to follow where He leads us, and to be ever under His pastoral inspection. We had all wandered away. We had gone where there was no happiness and no protector. We had no one to provide for us, to care for us, to pity us. We were exposed to certain ruin. In that state, He pitied us, sought us out and brought us back. If we had remained where we were, or had gone farther in our wanderings, we should have gone certainly to destruction. He has sought us out; He has led us back; He has taken us under His own protection and guidance; and we shall be safe as long as we follow where He leads. To Him then, a Shepherd who never forsakes His flock, let us at all times commit ourselves and follow where He leads, because under Him our great interests are secured. For testimonies abound in many places, particularly at The Lord’s Chosen to confirm that God is real and consequently there will be no excuse for any unbelief, and no prospect of any escape if you should continue to neglect Jesus Christ. If those, under the testimony of two or three witnesses died without mercy, how much sorer punishment is due to those who neglect Christ, who tread underfoot and undervalue His salvation counting the blood of the covenant an unholy thing.
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