Gesprekke Oor Wyle Ek

Vir die wat nie weet nie, die aarde het toe nie tot n einde gekom 21 Mei. Buiten dat daar vreemde mense daar buite is wat vreemde goed kwyt raak wat sou mens meer kan haal uit die gebeure om Family Radio en ‘n Mr Harold Camping? Wel nie veel nie. Daar is wel een vraag wat by my opgekom het: As ek nou sou sterf, wat sou my impak gewees het? Is ek rerig die stuk gereedskap wat ‘n verskil maak om glorie aan Hom te bring? Is my lewe ‘n lewe wat getuig van redding?

‘n Interresante post op Ray Ortlund se blog, Preparing for Your Funeral, verwys hy na ‘n stuk uit Holiness, van JC Ryle waar Ryle nadink oor die dood en redding:

When we have carried you to your narrow bed, let us not have to hunt up stray words, and scraps of religion, in order to make out that you were a true believer. Let us not have to say in a hesitating way one to another, “I trust he is happy; he talked so nicely one day; and he seemed so please with a chapter in the Bible on anther occasion; and he liked such a person, who is a good man.” Let us be able to speak decidedly as to your condition. Let us have some solid proof of your repentance, your faith, and your holiness, so that none shall be able for a moment to question your state.

Depend on it, without this, those you leave behind can feel no solid comfort about your soul. We may use the form of religion at your burial, and express charitable hopes. We may meet you at the churchyard gate, and say, “Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord.” But this will not alter your condition! If you die without conversion to God, without repentance, and without faith–your funeral will only be the funeral of a lost soul; you had better never have been born.”

– J.C. Ryle (Holiness, 228-229)

Mag ons dan leef met ‘n getuienis wat sal lei tot jou geliefdes wat kan “..speak decidedly as to your condition.”.

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