Meaning Of Christian Perfection
can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Phil. 4:13.
does God require? Perfection; nothing less than perfection. But if we would
be perfect, we must put no confidence in self. Daily we must know and understand
that self is not to be trusted. We need to grasp God’s promises with
firm faith. We need to ask for the Holy Spirit with a full realization of
our own helplessness. Then when the Holy Spirit works, we shall not give self
the glory. The Holy Spirit will graciously take the heart into His keeping,
bringing to it all the bright beams of the Sun of Righteousness. We shall
be kept by the power of God through faith.
When we are daily under the control of God’s Spirit, we shall be commandment-keeping
people. We may show to the world that obedience to God’s commands brings
its own reward, even in this life, and in the future life eternal blessedness.
Notwithstanding our profession of faith, the Lord by whom our actions are
weighed sees but an imperfect representation of Christ. He has declared that
such a condition of things cannot glorify Him.
It means much to commit the keeping of the soul to God. It means that we are
to live and walk by faith, not trusting in or glorifying self, but looking
to Jesus our Advocate as the Author and Finisher of our faith. The Holy Spirit
will do its work upon a heart that is contrite, but never can He work upon
a self-important, self-righteous soul. In his own wisdom such a one would
mend himself. He interposes between his soul and the Holy Spirit. The Holy
Spirit will work if self will not interpose. . . .
The Holy Spirit is ready to cooperate with all who will receive Him and be
taught by Him. All who lay hold on the truth and are sanctified through the
truth are so united with Christ that they can represent Him in word and action.
. . . May the Holy Spirit speak to the hearts of God’s chosen people,
that their words may be as choice as gold as they give the bread of life to
those in transgression and sin. . . .
It is God’s pleasure and will that the blessings bestowed on man shall
be given in perfect completeness. He has made provision that every difficulty
may be overcome, every want supplied through the Holy Spirit. Thus He designs
that man shall perfect a Christian character. God would have us contemplate
His love, His promises, given so freely to those who have no merit in themselves,
He would have us depend fully, gratefully, rejoicingly in the righteousness
provided for us in Christ. To all who come to God in His appointed way, He
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