COMING out of Church not long
since, a messenger met me, requesting that I would go at once to see a young
man who was near his end.
went at once, and on entering the room sat down by the bed; and seeing the time
was short, I came at once to the all-important subject, and said:
I see that you are very ill, - are you prepared for what is before you?” –
“Wish I only were,” he replied, giving me a look of despair. “If I could but be
spared for two or three weeks I believe I might be prepared, - but, the Doctor
tells me, I cannot live but for only a few hours probably.” So saying he caught
hold of my hand, and held it as a drowning man would hold on to a plank.
weeks, “ I said, - “Why do you want three weeks?” – Then he went on to give me
his idea of preparation and conversion. “You see,” he said, “there must first
be conviction; - then, time for a careful review of my life, - and its sins. And
there must be repentance, and Godly sorrow, long and deep, to be acceptable to
God. And then Faith, and the new birth, - when the heart by this
process has been made ready. All of which must occupy some weeks.” Having given
me this detailed account of “The plan of salvation,”--he sank back exhausted, -
and looked imploringly as if to say, “you see that you can do nothing for me,
it’s too late.”
I exclaimed. “Three weeks in order to be saved? Let me tell you that you may be
saved, - yes, in three minutes,” – and so saying I opened the Word of God, and
read, - “As many as receive Him, to them He gave power to become the sons of God,
- Even to them that believe on His Name.” – “If I give you this gold watch,” I
asked, “how long would it take you receive it? Could you not take it at
once?” – He assented.
gift of God is Eternal Life,” I said. “What have you to do with a gift? Do you
buy it or beg it, or wait a long time to be prepared to accept it? – God offers His son to you, and Eternal Life,
- and says ‘He that hath the Son hath life, and he that hath not the Son, hath
not life. – In order to have a gift you have to take it, and in order to have
the Son of God, you must just take Him.”
an earnest look he replied, “But how can I take Him? Do tell me exactly the way
to do it,” he pleaded. Turning to Romans 10. I said, “Here you have the way
told you exactly: - ‘If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jessus,
and shalt believe in thine heart that God has raised Him from the dead, thou
shalt be saved.
I said, “if you want to be saved just accept Jesus as your Saviour, - and tell
Him that you do so.” – So saying I knelt by his side, and asked him to follow
me in a simple prayer of acceptance. – “Lord Jesus, I come to thee. I am a
sinner, Thou art the Saviour. I take thee now to be my saviour.
I trust thee – receive thee, and I put my soul in Thy hands.” – That was all.
I went away to attend other duties, but felt confident that an acceptance of
saving faith had been exercised. – Some hours later in the evening I called
again, and was shown into the same room, where the conversation had taken
place. – There lay the young man, in the sleep of death, with the calm of
Heaven on his face. – “Oh’” – said the leader or lady of the household, - “If
have heard him talk to us some time after you went away; - he called us
all in, and said, ‘Isn’t it wonderful, that minister showed me how I could be
saved, yes, in three minutes, - when I had been thinking I must have weeks to
prepare to die,’ and he added, ‘Oh, come and kneel down here. I want to thank
and praise God, that He has saved me,’’ and the lady added, “Such a
triumphant death I have never witnessed.”
people object to the term “instantaneous conversion,”but we assert from
scripture that one may be without Eternal Life at one moment, and then, upon
realizing and accepting the finished work of Christ, possess it the next moment.
“He that believeth on the son hath Eternal Life.” – Yes, and at same moment as
when he believes. - Blessed be God that He can save you, reader, in “Three
Minutes,” yes, even “In One Minutes,” yes, even “In one Minute,” When
you simply believe, and thank Him, that He “loved you, - and gave Himself you.”