Broken Beyond Repair
Take your Bibles and turn to the book of Proverbs chapter 29 and verse 1. If we ever had a solemn text, the text tonight is a solemn and a serious text. He, that being often reproved, hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy. I've read this through in a number of different translations. One translation gives it this way. That he will be suddenly destroyed and broken beyond repair. That's the title of my message tonight, Broken Beyond Repair. In front of every unsaved man, woman, boy, and girl, there is a deadline. If you cross that deadline, you will be broken beyond repair. There's a time, I know not when. There is a place, I know not where which marks the destiny of men, to heaven or despair. There is a line by us not seen that crosses every path. 'Tis the hidden boundary between God's mercy and God's wrath.
Our verse tells about that line. He that being often reproved and hardeneth his neck shall suddenly be destroyed. He will be broken beyond repair. He enters into a situation that I would call hopeless. And the Bible tells us that it is hopeless. To me, hopelessness is the saddest word in the English language. I want you to notice four definite thoughts that come out of this text tonight. And the very first thing is I want you to notice God's merciful conviction, the spiritual conviction that God often gives. He, that being often reproved. Just underscore the phrase often. You see, God, in, loving patience, deals with a sinner over and over and over and over and over and over again. We are often reproved. What patience God has. What love God has. What mercy God shows.
If God had spoken only one time, it would have been more than justice to man. But God does strive with us. God's Holy Spirit does knock on our hearts. God does reprove our sins. God does call over and over and over again. How does God reprove us? How does God convict us? How does God speak to us? May I me ...
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