Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. (Matthew 13: 47-48, KJV)

Remember how the Lord Jesus Christ said, concerning those cities in which His mighty works had been wrought, that it would more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the Day of Judgement than it would be for Capernaum and Bethsaida where He had so often been. Christ has been near to you, and you have heard His Gospel, which many poor heathen have not heard.

Now that you have heard the Gospel – the Gospel of the atoning sacrifice of Christ – His blood will cry out against you, as the blood of Abel cried out against Cain, if it is not applied to you to cleanse you from sin. You cannot escape from the Lord Jesus Christ. You are caught in the meshes of the great net that He has cast over all those who have heard the Gospel.

“He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:18-19, KJV).

If you do not believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, you resolve not to be saved by Him, but to remain in the condition in which you now are, that is, “condemned already.” (Charles Spurgeon, At the Master’s Feet, May 12)