(James Smith, "The Way of Salvation Set Forth")
"They will go away to eternal punishment — but the righteous to eternal life!" Matthew 25:46
The soul is immortal — it can never cease to be. It is destined by the immutable decree of God, to exist eternally.
O eternity! Who can conceive your dimensions!
Forever! Who can grasp the mighty idea!
To exist forever — solemn consideration!
Millions of ages as numerous . . .
as the stars in the skies,
as the sands on the seashore,
as blades of grass on the surface of the globe,
as leaves which fall from the trees in autumn
— are as nothing in comparison with eternity!
But where shall we exist? How will eternity be spent by us? In happiness — or in torment?
That will entirely depend upon the character, the state, the condition — in which we live and die. If we live in sin, if we serve self and Satan, if we die accursed — then we must suffer the due desert of our deeds in eternal Hell. But if we believe in Jesus, if we live unto God, if we die under His blessing — then we shall possess and enjoy glory, honor and eternal life in Heaven — and these forever!
Let the solemn fact that you are immortal, deeply impress your mind. Try to realize the overwhelming thought, "I must live forever! I must live forever in unspeakable happiness — or inconceivable misery! My eternal state depends on my present state. If I live unconverted, then I must die accursed — I am lost, and once lost, lost forever!"
O eternity! Tremendous sound! Incomprehensible idea!
"So teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." Psalm 90:12