COMPARE THESE TWO MEN

 
1. A VERY RICH MAN
There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: (Luk 16:19)
 
2. A VERY POOR MAN, A BEGGAR
And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, (Luk 16:20)
 
And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. (Luk 16:21)
 
And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; (Luk 16:22)
 
And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. (Luk 16:23)
 
And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. (Luk 16:24)
 
But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. (Luk 16:25)
 
And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. (Luk 16:26)
 
Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: (Luk 16:27)
 
For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. (Luk 16:28)
 
Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. (Luk 16:29)
 
And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. (Luk 16:30)
 
And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. (Luk 16:31)
 
Dear reader, please spend an hour in prayer over this passage. What did each of the men have after death. I know that if you have heard sermons on this passage, they were usually about the misery of the rich man. Those miseries are real and they are eternal. However, my burden is in a different place right now. What was the condition of the other man? He is no longer a beggar. What is he? What is his condition? According to many of the false gospels preached today, you would expect the beggar to now be clothed in purple and fine linen.  But what are told by the Master Teacher?
Please be patient with this old preacher. What did the former beggar have? Again, what was the condition of this second man? What did he have? What did he have?  What does it mean to be saved?  What does it mean to be lost?
Bro Hal

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