(James Smith, "The Way of Salvation Set Forth")
My 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 sea-shore,
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 I exist?
How will I spend eternity?
In happiness — or in torment?
That will entirely depend upon the character, the state, the condition, in which I live and die.
If I live in sin, if I serve self and Satan, if I die accursed — then I must suffer the due desert of my deeds.
But if I savingly believe in Jesus, if I live unto God, if I die under His saving grace — then I shall possess and enjoy glory, honor and eternal life — 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!
"Then they will go away to eternal punishment — but the righteous to eternal life." Matthew 25:46