To Ponder:

It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God! “It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God!” Hebrews 10:31. It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God, because, as He is the all-knowing and Almighty God, so He is the just and righteous God; and will be so forever, for He is the living God. His righteousness and justice are everlasting–and this makes Hell so dreadful. As it is the great comfort of believers to have such a Mediator and Surety, such a high priest to live forever to make intercession for them–so this is the great misery of lost sinners: to fall into the hands of that God, whoever lives to avenge Himself on their unbelief and rebellion. It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God who knows all their sins, who is so holy–that He must punish them, who is so powerful–that He can punish them, who is so just–that He does punish all impenitent sinners forever! (Matthew Mead, “Falling into the Hands of the Living God!” 1629-1699)

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