“If Any Man Come To Me, And Hate Not His Father…”
“If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.”
There is no middle path to heaven — there is no intermediate state between hell and heaven; no purgatory for that numerous class who think themselves hardly good enough for heaven, yet hardly bad enough for hell.
No; there is no intermediate road nor state. We must win Christ as our own most blessed Jesus, and with Him enjoy the happiness and glory of heaven, or sink down to hell with all our sins upon our head beneath His most terrible frown.
The soul then that has been charmed with the beauty and blessedness of Jesus longs to win Him, and that not for a day, month, or year, but for eternity; for in obtaining Him, it obtains all that God can give the soul of man to enjoy as created immortal and for immortality.
Under the influence of His grace, it feels at times, even here below, all its immortal powers springing forth into active, heavenly life, and looks forward in faith and hope to a glorious eternity, where it will be put into possession of the highest enjoyment which God can give to man, even union with Himself by virtue of union with His dear Son, according to those wonderful words of the Redeemer himself — “That they all may he one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us” John 17:21).
By J.C. Philpot