Spiritual Giant or Dwarf?
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.
reproves and corrects the people who profess to keep His law. He points out
their sins and lays open their iniquity because He wishes to separate all
sin and wickedness from them, that they may perfect holiness in His fear and
be prepared to die in the Lord or to be translated to heaven. . . .
accept nothing but purity and holiness; one spot, one wrinkle, one defect
in the character, will forever debar them from heaven, with all its glories
Christians have no sense of the spiritual strength they might obtain were
they as ambitious, zealous, and persevering to gain a knowledge of divine
things as they are to obtain the paltry, perishable things of this life. The
masses professing to be Christians have been satisfied to be spiritual dwarfs.
They have no disposition to make it their object to seek first the kingdom
of God and His righteousness; hence godliness is a hidden mystery to them,
they cannot understand it. They know not Christ by experimental knowledge.
have been made for all who sincerely, earnestly, and thoughtfully set about
the work of perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Strength, grace, and glory
have been provided through Christ, to be brought by ministering angels to
the heirs of salvation. None are so low, so corrupt and vile, that they cannot
find in Jesus, who died for them, strength, purity, and righteousness, if
they will put away their sins, cease their course of iniquity, and turn with
full purpose of heart to the living God. He is waiting to strip them of their
garments, stained and polluted by sin, and to put upon them the white, bright
robes of righteousness; and He bids them live and not die. In Him they may
flourish. Their branches will not wither nor be fruitless. If they abide in
Him, they can draw sap and nourishment from Him, be imbued with His Spirit,
walk even as He walked, overcome as He overcame, and be exalted to His own
Our Father Cares, pp. 319, 320.