therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with
the saints, and of the household of God. Eph. 2:19.
Jesus says: "Behold, I come quickly." We should keep these words
ever in mind, and act as though we do indeed believe that the coming of the
Lord is nigh, and that we are pilgrims and strangers upon the earth.
of grace should be diligently improved that the love of God may abound in
the soul more and more, "that ye may approve things that are excellent;
that ye may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ; being filled
with the fruits of righteousness." Your Christian life must take on vigorous
and stalwart forms. You can attain to the high standard set before you in
the Scriptures, and you must if you would be children of God. You cannot stand
still; you must either advance or retrograde. . . .
have a stinted Christian growth, or will you make healthy progress in the
divine life? Where there is spiritual health there is growth. The child of
God grows up to the full stature of a man or woman in Christ. There is no
limit to his improvement. . . .
ought to be strong and established in Christ are as babes in understanding
and experimental knowledge of the workings of the Spirit of God. After years
of experience they are able to comprehend only the first principles of that
grand system of faith and doctrine that constitutes the Christian religion.
They do not comprehend that perfection of character which will receive the
commendation: "Well done." . . .
great victories to gain, and a heaven to lose if we do not gain them. The
carnal heart must be crucified; for its tendency is to moral corruption, and
the end thereof is death. . . .
the mighty energies of the Holy Spirit . . . may fall like an electric shock
on the palsy-stricken soul, causing every nerve to thrill with new life, restoring
the whole man from his dead, earthly, sensual state to spiritual soundness.
You will thus become partakers of the divine nature, . . . and in your souls
will be reflected the image of Him by whose stripes you are healed.
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