An Exception

The train was moving towards Savannah, and two young men were happily engaged in conversation. They had discovered that they had a mutual Friend, the Lord Jesus, and were fellow-travelers to glory. With deepest interest they were talking together of the riches of God's grace in saving them, and in bringing them into eternal association with His Son. With real regret they ended their discussion when, at one of the railway stations, one of the young men had to leave.
The Christian who remained had noticed that a young lady passenger had listened attentively to the conversation as though she too had an interest in these divine realities. He therefore addressed her, inquiring if he could ask her a question. She promptly consented.
"Are you saved?" he then asked.
"Oh, yes," she replied; "I have always been saved." Knowing that Christ, the Son of God, had said, "Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 18:33And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:3)), the young man remarked: "That is very interesting, but I do not understand, how you could always have been saved!”
"Oh," she said brightly, "I have lived a good life; I was brought up to attend Sunday school, and Pm now a teacher in the school.”
The other, knowing that his arguments were valueless and that God's Word alone could cause divine light to enter her soul, now opened his Bible. He read aloud, pausing slightly after each verse before adding his own appendix.
"There is none that understandeth,"—except you!
"There is none that seeketh after God."—except you!
"They are all gone out of the way,"—except you!
"They are together become unprofitable,"—except you!
"There is none that doeth good, no, not one,"—except you!
"Stop," she cried; "you do not believe that.”
"It is God's Word," was the reply.
"Yes, but if that is true, I am not saved.”
"It certainly is true, for God says it.
He makes known to us in His Word how He regards us. He says, "There is none righteous, no, not one.' Rom. 3:1010As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: (Romans 3:10)." "How then can I be saved?" she inquired.
"If you desire to be saved, the remedy is outside of you; it is the precious blood of Christ that can cleanse from all sin. That is the only remedy that can meet our need, and God Himself declares that 'the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.'”
When they parted, probably never to meet again on earth, their sure hope was that they would meet above.
Dear reader, will you be there? Remember, there is only one road to heaven, one remedy for sin. Without that perfect provision for soul-cleansing which God Himself makes known, no child of Adam is fit for His presence. Every saved soul has had to do with God as to the sin question, and has been washed from his sins in the precious blood of Christ.