Henry Mahan

I believe that all who come to our Redeemer in saving faith do so PERSONALLY. I wish that I could believe God for my family; but unless a man in his own heart believes on Christ, he will perish. Those who come to Christ will come SINCERELY. A man is not only persuaded that Christ is the way, but in his heart he lovingly and sincerely agrees with God's terms of salvation. "My son, give me thine heart" (Prov. 23:26). It is the heart or nothing in this heavenly marriage. Also those who come to Christ do so RATIONALLY, in knowledge and understanding. They know WHAT He saved them from–sin's curse and condemnation. They know WHO saved them–our Lord Jesus Christ, the God-man. They know HOW He saved them–by His perfect obedience and precious blood. They know WHY He saved them–"according to the good pleasure of His own will" (grace, grace, and more grace). And those who come to Christ come PERMANENTLY, with no intention of ever leaving Him; and, by His grace, with no possibility of ever being forsaken by Him.

Henry Mahan, Pastor
Thirteenth Street Baptist Church
Ashland, Ky.

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