(James Smith, "The Voice of Mercy in the House of Affliction!" 1855)
Salvation is . . .
the greatest blessing that God can bestow;
deliverance from the greatest misery;
exaltation to the greatest happiness;
the greatest change in man's state and character which can possibly be effected;
the greatest display of the love, wisdom, grace, and power of God!
Salvation is the very blessing that you need. The blessing which you must receive--or be eternally undone!
Salvation is a blessing for the PRESENT, for it is deliverance . . .
from the guilt of sin--which makes you miserable;
from the power of sin--which makes you unholy; and
from the love of sin--which proves you to be God's enemy.
Salvation is a blessing for the FUTURE: it secures to you safety and happiness in time--and glory, honor, immortality, and eternal life when time shall be no more!
Salvation is a blessing which comprehends every other blessing.
If the man is saved--then all good things are his.
If the man is lost--then nothing good is his.
To be saved, is . . .
for the soul to be restored to a right relationship to God;
to be put in possession of unsearchable wealth;
to be raised to the highest honor; and
to be entitled to eternal glory!
No word is as sweet as salvation--as no word is as dreadful as its opposite, damnation! Reader, there is no intermediate state between these two extremes.