In the following, Thomas Chalmers writes a letter to a former mathematics professor of his, whom he greatly admired. Evidently, he thought he might be unconverted. It also seems, judging from the way he writes here, that he was pricked in his conscience for having delayed so long to share the Gospel with him. It’s worth noting that only two years later, Chalmers would enter eternity.
Is there someone we know and love, to whom we have a ‘debt’ to settle? Is there someone who ought to be hearing the Gospel from us, and yet we have been slow to do so? Let us then make haste, as Dr. Chalmers did, for the day is coming when no man can work!
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To Professor Duncan.
Edinburgh, 14th December, 1845.
My Dear Sir—I should not have written you on Sabbath, but for the subject on which I mean to address you, and to which I shall confine myself. I have long had the utmost regard for you. There is not a human being whom, without the circle of my relationship, I like nearly so well. But, though affectionate toward you, I have not been faithful. Consider how soon both you and I will be mouldering in our coffins. Heaven grant that we may both share in a blessed resurrection, through our common interest in Him who hath said, ” I am the resurrection and the life,” &c Ever believe me, my dear sir, yours very affectionately and truly,