The portion of the ungodly

The portion of the ungodly


ACTS 17:11


Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it

Isaiah 47:14

Suggested Further Reading: Luke 16:19-31

In Scripture this wrath to come is sometimes spoken of as the second death. Imagine a man dying, dying in pangs, and then rising again to die again, and so continually dying and yet living; expiring and yet breathing; perishing and yet existing; being dissolved, but yet being still in the body. You have now before you, then, the Biblical view of punishment the second death.  O soul, there are no words that human eloquence can ever find, however dreadful, that can reach the thousandth part of this great argument! No language that was ever uttered by the sternest prophet, could ever attain to the tremendous terror of the wrath to come. I know men say of God’s preachers that at times they speak too harshly: we cannot speak half harshly enough. We tell you again, even weeping, that our poor feeble words cannot portray your danger; that we cannot ourselves even feel the danger as we would wish; but if our lips had language, if we could but speak as sometimes we feel, we would move you till you should neither eat, nor drink, nor sleep, until you had sought and found a refuge in the wounds of Christ. But we are so dull, or else your hearts are so hard, that when we speak we are like men who throw stones against a wall, and the stones come back upon us. O that instead thereof we might be like the man who drew the bow at a venture, that the arrow may find a place in the joints of your harness, where your heart may be wounded with the arrows of the King!

For meditation: Human nature understandably likes to imagine that everybody goes to heaven or at least that those who are excluded are simply wiped out of existence. But our sin is far more serious than that; it is out of love, not spite, that the Bible warns us of an everlasting existence which makes physical death look like child’s play (Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 14:11). Do you weep for yourself or for those who are heading for it (Philippians 3:18-19)?

Sermon no. 444
13 April (1862)

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Is Your NameThe gift of salvation

The need for Christ

Jesus knew that everything was now finished, and to fulfill the Scriptures he said, “I am thirsty.”

John 19:28 

I have a great need for Christ, I have a great Christ for my need.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)


I’m thirsty

One of the women who lingered at the foot of the cross had once known thirst that ordinary water couldn’t quench. She had been an outcast among her peers.…She had a great need, and nothing could fill the emptiness, the void within her. Then came the day when she met Jesus. Although her accusers had already given up on her and would readily have stoned her, Jesus saw her need, and rather than give up on her, he faced her accusers and saved not only her life but her soul as well. From that moment forward, Mary Magdalene was a devoted disciple of Christ, following him even to the foot of a brutal cross. When Jesus cried out in thirst, the soldiers mistook it for weakness of the flesh and thrust sour wine to his lips. What they didn’t comprehend is that Jesus’ words were a declaration of his completion of his Father’s work. He was thirsty because he was being poured out as an offering, not only for the grateful woman who knelt at this feet but also for generations of people to come.

JESUS, you poured out your life like an offering and gave me living water that saved and restores my soul. Help me to take that same living water and extend it to those around me who are thirsty. Please us me to reach out to the abandoned, the scorned, the unlovable, with your sacrificial love.

Adapted from The One Year® Book of Praying through the Bible by Cheri Fuller, Tyndale House Publishers (2003), entry for May 31.

Digging Deeper: For more on salvation, read Why Sin Matters by Mark McMinn (Tyndale, 2004)


Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House