them through thy truth: thy word is truth. John 17:17.
Those who are sanctified through the truth are living recommendations of its
power, and representatives of their risen Lord. The religion of Christ will
refine the taste, sanctify the judgment, elevate, purify, and ennoble the
soul, making the Christian more and more fit for the society of the heavenly
for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through
the truth." John 17:19. "Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying
the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that
ye love one another with a pure heart fervently." 1 Peter 1:22. "Having
therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all
filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
2 Cor. 7:1. . . .
Bible sanctification. It is not merely a show or outside work. It is sanctification
received through the channel of truth. It is truth received in the heart,
and practically carried out in the life. There is no Bible sanctification
for those who cast a part of the truth behind them. There is light enough
given in the word of God, so that none need err. . . . Jesus, considered as
a man, was perfect, yet He grew in grace. "And Jesus increased in wisdom
and stature, and in favor with God and man." Luke 2:52. Even the most
perfect Christian may increase continually in the knowledge and love of God.
. . .
is not the work of a moment, an hour, or a day. It is a continual growth in
grace. . . . Satan lives, and is active, and every day we need to cry earnestly
to God for help and strength to resist him. As long as Satan reigns we shall
have self to subdue, besetments to overcome, and there is no stopping place,
there is no point to which we can come and say we have fully attained. . .
life is constantly an onward march. Jesus sits as a refiner and purifier of
His people; and when His image is perfectly reflected in them, they are perfect
and holy, and prepared for translation.
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