by Clarence E. Macartney

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The Greatest Words in the Bible and in Human Speech
The Word That Never Comes Back (3 of 15)
Clarence E. Macartney
2 Corinthians 6:2

What is the word that never comes back? Some thought
it was depart, some voted for yesterday, and some for
today. Others thought it was opportunity, and others
voted for time, and others for death. Many of these
were not far from the right word.

What is the word? What is the word that never comes
back, even if the world were to run on for a thousand
million years? What is the word that is able to work
miracles? The word by which kingdoms have been
conquered, destinies achieved, the gates of heaven
opened, and eternal life won or lost? The word is now-
2 Corinthians 6:2. Now never comes back. It is the one
precious, invaluable portion of time that belongs to
you and me because it is the only portion of time
about which we can be sure and in which we know we can

The clock of life is wound but once,
And no man has the power
To tell just when the bands will stop,
At late or early hour.

-Rev. B. Meyer

As in the case of the saddest word and the most
beautiful word, when we come to the word that never
comes back we shall demonstrate that now is that word,
not by generalizations or abstract reasoning, but by
illustrations from the lives of men in the Bible. Thus
we shall see what now, made use of or sinned against
and neglected, meant to men and women in the Bible and
what it means to men and women today.


Esau, "that profane person," illustrates in the story
of his life how spiritual powers and graces neglected,
sinned against, or despised now, today, may be
forfeited and lost forever.

Esau is handed down from generation to generation in
the words of the Letter to the Hebrews as "that
profane person who for one morsel of pottage sold his
birthright." This was how it happened: Esau was a
cunning hunter, a man of the field; whereas his
brother Jacob ...

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