The Antithesis

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A number of years ago a teenage boy was awakened to realities larger than himself, realities like life and death, sin and judgment, heaven and hell. “While under concern of soul,” he later wrote, “I resolved that I would attend all the places of worship in the town where I lived in order that I might find out the way of salvation.”

One wintry Sunday morning his progress was impeded by a snowstorm. Since he could not make it to the church he planned to attend, he turned instead to a little Primitive Methodist Chapel down a back alleyway. The minister of that church was himself snowed in, so one of the laymen got up to deliver the message—a message that would change this young man’s life, a message based on one verse in this passage.

Title: The Antithesis

Text: Isaiah 45.20–46.7


  • idolatry
  • shame
  • God
  • life


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