Let it be distinctly understood that the person who does not have the Spirit of God does not have Christ. They who do not have Christ have no pardon of their sins, no peace with God, no title to heaven, and no well-grounded hope of being saved. Their religion is like the house built on the sand–it may look well in fine weather, it may satisfy them in the time of health and prosperity, but when the flood arises and the wind blows, when sickness and trouble comes against them, then it will fall and bury them under its ruins. They live without a good hope and with a good hope, they die and rise again only to be miserable. They will stand in judgment, only to be condemned. They will see saints and angels looking on and will remember that they might have been among them, but it is too late. They will see lost multitudes around them and find they cannot comfort them. This will be the end of the person who thinks they can reach heaven without the Holy Spirit of God.

– J. C. Ryle

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