Joel 2:1; 2 Chronicles 13:12; Jeremiah 4:19; 2 Timothy 4:2
It is the priests business in the Old Testament to sound the trumpet (Number 10:8), both as an appeal to God in the day of their distress and a summons to the people to come together to seek his face. It is the work of ministers of our day to give warning from the word of God of the fatal consequences of sin, and to reveal His wrath from heaven against the ungodliness and unrighteousness of men.
We are to sound the alarm for sinners to make their peace with God. Even in the holy mountain the alarm must be sounded, in a most dreadful way (Amos 2:2,6). There are enough signs on the wall pointing to the end of the age yet sinners are at ease. Therefore the ministers of God should rise up in every corner of the world to sound an alarm to the unconverted without delay before it becomes too late for them.
- The Marks of the Unconverted
- The Miseries of the Unconverted
- The Means of making peace with God by the Unconverted
- THE MARKS OF THE UNCONVERTED
Proverbs 30:12; Revelation 3:17; Ephesians 5:5-6; Revelations 21:8; 1Corinthians 6:9-10
The Unconverted carry their marks on their foreheads. From the references above the list is long. They are unclean, covetous and are branded for idolaters, and the doors of the kingdom are shut against them. Drunkards have no inheritance in the kingdom of God (Isaiah 5:11,12,22; Galatians 5:21). Liars. The God that cannot lie has told them that there is no place for them in His Kingdom, no entrance into His hill; but their portion is with the father of lies, whose children they are, in the lake of burnings (Revelation 21:8, 27; John 8:44; Proverbs 6:17). Swearers, Railers and backbiters, thieves, extortioners, oppressors, All that live in profanity and neglect and lovers of vain company, scoffers at Religion. They mock at the messengers and diligent servants of the Lord (Proverbs 19:29; 2 Chronicle 36:16).
Unconverted man or woman, consider diligently whether you are not to be found in one of these ranks. If it is the case then you are in the gall of bitterness and bond of iniquity. You carry your mark on your forehead. You are a son of death. May the Lord have pity on our congregations? Oh how small is the number that will remain when these ten sorts are weeded out.
2.THE MISERIES OF THE UNCONVERTED
Judges 18:24; 1 Samuel 28:15; Matthew 7:23;
God will be against you. Micah run crying after the Danites. “You have taken away my gods, and what have I more?” (Judges 18:24). Oh what a mourning must the unconverted lift up.
Saul in his last moments on earth made a piercing lamentation. “The Philistines are upon me, and God has departed from me!” (I Samuel 28:15). Mr. Unconverted, what will you do in the day of your visitation? Where will you flee to for help? Where will you leave your glory? What will you do when the Philistines are upon you? When you are leaving the world to Christless eternity. When you will bid your friends, houses and lands farewell forevermore? What will you do, who have no God to go to? You will hear from Him “…I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:23).
- His face will be against you – Psalms 34:16; Ezekiel 14:8
- His heart is against you – not even Moses and Samuel can plead for you (Jeremiah 15:1);
- His Attributes are against you – Deuteronomy 32:41-42
- The just God will issue a killing sentence to the unconverted if he fails to repent and be converted – Matthew 22:13; 25:41 “Bind him hand and foot; and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Depart from me, ye cursed into everlasting fire…”
- Satan has full power over you (2 Timothy 2:26; Ephesians 2:2; 6:12)
- The guilt of all your sins lies on you like a mountain (Matthew 21:44). Poor soul, you do not feel it. But this is what seals your misery. There is still chance for you to be converted, unconverted soul.
- 3.MEANINGFUL DIRECTIONS TO THE UNCONVERTED
Acts 16:30-31; Acts 3:19
Set it down with yourself as an undoubted truth that it is impossible for you ever to get to heaven in this unconverted state that you are in.
Till men are weary and heavy-laden, and pricked at the heart, and quiet sick of sin, they will not come to Christ for cure, nor sincerely enquire, saying, “What shall we do to be saved?” the unconverted must see himself as a dead man before he will come to Christ that he may live. Set all your sins in order before you; do not be afraid to look upon them. Examine yourself and your ways and call upon God for help. Yield to the Spirit’s conviction and cry out under the sense of your sins. Say with the enlightened jailer, “what must I do to be saved?”
To experience conversion, you need to:
- Have a knowledge of your personal sin, not the sin of another person.
- See those sins as God sees them; do not excuse them or portray them in good light.
- Have godly sorrow for your sin as Jesus felt the pains and agony when He was nailed on the cross for your sin (2 Corinthians 7:10; Matthew 27:46; Luke 22:41,42).
- Have a heart set against all your past sins.
- Confess your sins to God with deep, deep sorrow of heart.
- Turn away, separate from every sin and forsake them completely.
- Destroy all objects of sin and anything connected with your past sin.
Let your Decision for Christ be as the laws of the Medes and Persians, never to be reversed and the Lord will seal the contract with His Blood.