Robert Murray M'Cheyne | Conversion (Concluding statement of his sermon)
Conversion (Concluding statement of his sermon)
Robert Murray M'Cheyne
All unconverted souls are in the fire. You are in the fire for two reasons:
You are condemned to the fire. 'He that believeth not is condemned already' (John 3:18). There is as it were a great pile of wood on which you are placed, and it is set on fire. The fire indeed has not yet reached you, though soon it will.
Your hell is already begun. Just as the children of God have their heaven begun, so you have got your hell begun. You have burning lusts, and burning passions raging within you, these are the beginnings of hell. But ah! brethren, those of you who have been brought to Christ are brands plucked out of the fire. Observe that Christ plucks the brands out of the fire, and grafts them into the living vine, that they may be made to glorify God by bearing fruit. You will be made to glorify God in one of two ways: either by bearing fruit, or by being cast, soul and body, into hell. 'The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil' (Proverbs 16:4). Oh! brethren, which do you choose? O brands in the fire! will you not cry to be plucked out of the fire? And if Christ do it, will he not have the answer to make to Satan?
'The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?'
In conclusion, I would say that this congregation may be divided into two parts; those who are brands over the fire, and those who have been plucked out of the fire. O brands in the fire! will you not cry to be plucked out of the fire? When he is plucking brands out of the fire beside you, will you not say, 'LORD, pluck me out of the fire?' Amen.
Memoir and Remains of R.M. M'Cheyne
"Is what you are living for worth Christ dying for?" - Leonard Ravenhill