Henry Mahan

Religion can motivate people to do many things. It can cause them to speak well of Jesus Christ, as Nicodemus; to reform the outward man, as the Pharisees; to hold high office in the church, as Judas; to get excited over an earthly kingdom, as those in Matt. 21:9; to be baptized, as Simon Magus; to give large gifts to the church, as Ananias and Sapphira; and to boast of great works, as those at the judgement in Matt. 7. But there are the essential works of grace in the heart of a sinner which only the Holy Spirit can effectually accomplish.

"Wherefore the rather, brethern, give diligence to make your calling and election sure; for if ye do these things, ye shall never fail:
II Peter 1:10.

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

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