Which Theif?

two men


"Oh, of course, I intend to be saved sometime, but there is no use being in a hurry about it. There is always a chance, even at the eleventh hour. Remember the dying thief," a young man said carelessly when spoken to about his soul.

"Which thief?"he was asked. "Why, I had really forgotten there were two. I mean the saved one," was the reply, as an anxious expression came over his face. "Yes, one was saved, and is in heaven now. The other, who had an equal opportunity for salvation, is wailing in hell. What guarantee do you have that you will not spend eternity as he will, rather than as the other?" It was a word fitly spoken, an arrow that pierced his conscience. The young man was led to see the folly of further procrastination, and that night he was saved for eternity, through repenting of his sins and trusting the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and Lord.

Thousands like him forget that there were two thieves. They remember the mercy of God that saved the one, while forgetting the judgment of God dealt out to the other. They wander on carelessly, hoping to be saved at the last, but in the end die in their sin and are damned forever. They heard the gospel of God's grace often, but rejected it until it was too late. We would now ask:which thief would you be like?

We remember speaking to a young lady who, when told the way of salvation-"Repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ"(Acts 20:21)-replied indignantly, "You do not mean to say I have to go to heaven like the dying thief, do you?""No,"we replied, "you do not have to. But if you reject Christ, you will have to go to hell like the other."

We would remind you Friend: The saved thief believed on the Son of God, and is with Christ now. The lost thief scorned the Savior, and is in the depths of woe. You MUST be with one or the other for eternity. (Luke 23:39-43.)

ETERNITY WHERE? "Because there is wrath, beware lest He take thee away with His stroke: then a great ransom cannot deliver thee" (Job 36:18).

"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Romans 10:13)

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