II. THE ONLY SALVATION.
A second thought which the text suggests is that our folly is great in neglecting this great salvation because it is the only
salvation that is open to us. As Peter puts it in Acts iv. 12: “There is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.” It is salvation in Christ, or it is no
salvation at all. A man is in a burning building. If there were one way of escape by a fire-escape, and another by a great
broad stairway, he would have a perfect right to neglect the fire-escape for the easier escape by the stairway. But there
was no way of escape but the fire-escape, how great would be his folly in neglecting it. Men and women, you are in a burning
building, in a doomed world. There is just one way of escape; that is by Christ. In Christ any one can be saved; out of Christ
no one shall be saved. By Christ, or not at all. There is a class of men to-day who say, “Give up your Bible, give up your
Christ of the Bible,” and we turn to them and say, “What have you got to give us in place of our Bible; what have you got
to give us in place of the Christ of our Bible?” Now we know by personal experience that the Bible and Christ bring forgiveness
of sins and peace of heart, for they have brought them to us. We know that they bring deliverance from sin’s power, for they
have brought it to us. We know that they bring joy unspeakable and full of glory, for they have brought it to us. We know
that they bring pardon and a firm assurance of eternal life, for they have brought them to us. We know that Christ makes us
sons of God, and if sons, then heirs of God, and joint heirs with Himself. What have you got that will bring us the same,
that will bring us pardon and peace and set us free from the power of sin? What have you got that will bring us joy unspeakable
and full of glory? What have you got that will bring us the assurance of eternal life? Have you anything? No, you have not.
Well, then, please, we are not quite so great fools as to give up a book and a Saviour that bring us all these for nothing.
Salvation in Christ, or salvation not at all. Point me to one saved man in London that was not saved by Christ. I have been
away round this round earth. I have been in every latitude and almost every longitude, north and south; I have talked with
all kinds of people, of all races and all classes, but I have never yet found a saved man, who had a glad assurance of salvation
and practical deliverance from sin’s power, that was not saved by Jesus Christ; neither has anybody else.