How were men saved in the days of Abraham – in the days of David – in the days of Daniel – how were men saved in the four hundred years between the Old Testament and the New? There never was a day in the history of the world that a man could be saved any other way than through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and when God gives a man anything, it is salvation.
Question No. 3. What does it take to constitute a good Christian?
Answer: That is a very good question. I hardly know how to answer that in a few words, but I would say, to make my answer short, Study the ten commandments until you find out your sins; then flee to Christ and ask His forgiveness. Put your trust in the true and living God, having faith in Him; pray daily; expect an answer to your prayers because you pray in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Some of you may think, if the Lord God only had not made that mistake in making wine at the marriage in Cana of Galilee! Did you ever find that Jesus Christ had made a mistake anywhere? The following is from “A Marriage and a Miracle” - an exposition of the Marriage of Cana.
“And when they wanted wine the mother of Jesus saith unto Him, “They have no wine.
’“I call your attention to the fact that hell is always prayerful. The rich man in hell was a prayerful man, not praying to the true and living God, but calling upon Abraham.”’
Rev Long continues:
“The devil himself is a prayerful angel. The first thing he wanted Jesus Christ to do when he tempted Him, was to fall down and worship him. Satan knows of no better way of deluding the world than to come with a Bible under one arm, if it does not need to be opened – or to open the Bible, if you pick out only such things as say nothing about Jesus as the Savior of the world; he knows of no better way to delude the people than to have just as much religion as possible without Jesus Christ in it.
Let us make up our minds this morning, by the help of the Holy Spirit, that we shall live nearer to our God each day this year, than we ever have before.
Luke 2:21. And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the Child, His name was called Jesus, which was so named of the angel before He was conceived in the womb.”
Table of Contents I.
These wise men from the East came to seek the newly born King. How did they know that a king should be born? Where did they find it out? Where did they come from?
(Did they travel) From the East? New York is east of us; we are east of San Francisco, and San Francisco is east of the islands of the Pacific; there is no place on earth that is not the East; There is no place on earth that is not the West, and yet, when we remember that the Lord Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem, and these heathen came from the East, we do know that they came from somewhere in the far East, – possibly Persia, and possibly further yet.
John the Baptist said of Jesus Christ, “He shall increase and I shall decrease.” Like the morning star which begins to decrease as soon as the sun rises in the East, so John the Baptist, the great morning star of history, begins to decrease when Jesus Christ, the Son of Righteousness, with healing in his wings, begins to rise in the East.
John 1: 19-28.
And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou?