of the Whole Man
renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man, which
after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Eph. 4:23, 24.
The truth must sanctify the whole man--his mind, his thoughts, his heart,
his strength. His vital powers will not be consumed upon his own lustful practices.
These must be overcome, or they will overcome him. . . . The thoughts need
purifying. What might not men and women have been had they realized that the
treatment of the body has everything to do with the vigor and purity of mind
Christian obtains an experience which brings holiness. He is without a spot
of guilt upon the conscience, or a taint of corruption upon the soul. The
spirituality of the law of God, with its limiting principles, is brought into
his life. The light of truth irradiates his understanding. A glow of perfect
love for the Redeemer clears away the miasma which has interposed between
his soul and God. The will of God has become his will, pure, elevated, refined,
and sanctified. His countenance reveals the light of heaven. His body is a
fit temple for the Holy Spirit. Holiness adorns his character. God can commune
with him; for soul and body are in harmony with God. . . .
have us realize that He has a right to mind, soul, body, and spirit--to all
that we possess. We are His by creation and by redemption. As our Creator,
He claims our entire service. As our Redeemer, He has a claim of love as well
as of right--of love without a parallel. This claim we should realize every
moment of our existence. . . . Our bodies, our souls, our lives, are His,
not only because they are His free gift, but because He constantly supplies
us with His benefits, and gives us strength to use our faculties. . . . He
says, "As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons
of God, even to them that believe on his name.". . .
are sons of God will represent Christ in character. Their works will be perfumed
by the infinite tenderness, compassion, love, and purity of the Son of God.
And the more completely mind and body are yielded to the Holy Spirit, the
greater will be the fragrance of our offering to Him.
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