A “Nobody” In Hell, or “Who’s Who” In Heaven?
Had you ever noticed, in Luke 16:19-31, that the rich man in Hell is not named? When he was living, no doubt he was known far and near for his wealth, his lavish parties and, if they had such in those days, was listed in “Who’s Who.” But when he died, he was just a nobody in Hell!
By contrast, had you noticed that Lazarus is named? When he was living, I doubt if the rich man or any of his friends knew his name, being known only as the beggar. When he died, there were no hired mourners and I am sure he was buried without notice in a potter’s field. But when his spirit left his house of clay, he was carried by angels into Abraham’s bosom. A nobody on earth, but he knew the Lord, and now he is listed in “Who’s Who” in Heaven!
Which way have you chosen?
Not many noble are called”
1878 – Dr. William H. Brisbane, nobleman preacher of the gospel, died on this date. Paul said, “…not many noble are called.” Someone has said, “thankfully that ‘m’ is not an ‘a’ for ‘any’ or there would have been none of the upper class that would enter the kingdom. It may be difficult but not impossible. The Lord Jesus said, “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” (Mt 19:26). Brisbane was born into aristocracy near Charleston, S.C. and became an heir to great wealth and position. His early education was with the Roman Catholic, Bishop England and later with Rev. William Brantley, president of Beaufort College. When but fifteen he was sent to a military school at Middletown, CT, from which he graduated with honors at eighteen. Shortly thereafter he received Christ and felt the call to preach the gospel and it wasn’t long until he was in the front ranks of the Baptist ministry in the South. His culture and wealth gave him access to important people such as Jackson, Calhoun, Clay, and Daniel Webster. He spent a great deal of time in the State and nations capitals. Because he was a large slave holder he became deeply involved in the most pressing issue of the day. After struggling prayerfully over this question for years he came to the conclusion that slavery was morally and spiritually wrong and expended some of his wealth to purchase land in Ohio, and after buying back some of the slaves that he had sold, resettled them providing homes and abundant supplies. He spent his last twenty-five years preaching the gospel of Christ in Wisconsin.
Dr. Greg J. Dixon, from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins/Thompson /, pp. 139.
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