Then said he to me, See you do it not: for I am your fellow servant, and of your brothers the prophets…
I. If it is not altered before death it is not likely to be altered AT death. There is no opportunity afforded at death for such a work as this.
II. If it is not altered before death it is not likely to be altered BY death. There is no tendency in bodily changes to effect spiritual reformation. Such changes in the body are constantly going on here. Wrong moral principles and habits do not pass away from us as the particles of our body depart day after day and year after year.
III. If it is not altered before death it is not likely to be altered AFTER death.
1. A change in moral character can only be effected by the force of moral truth.
2. We cannot conceive of moral truth in a mightier form than we have it here.
3. The longer the force of truth is resisted the less likely is it to succeed.
Parallel VersesKJV: Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.