We must he holy on earth before we die, if we desire to go to heaven after death. If we hope to dwell with God for ever in the life to come, we must endeavour to be like Him in the life that now is. We must not only admire holiness, and wish for holiness: we must be holy. We must be holy, because this is the only sound evidence that we have a ...
We must he holy on earth before we die, if we desire to go to heaven after death. If we hope to dwell with God for ever in the life to come, we must endeavour to be like Him in the life that now is. We must not only admire holiness, and wish for holiness: we must be holy. We must be holy, because this is the only sound evidence that we have a saving faith in Christ. "Faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone." "As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also" (James 2:17,26). We must be holy, because this is the only proof that we love the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. What can be more plain than our Lord's own words? "If ye love Me, keep my commandments." "He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me." (John 14:15,21). We must be holy, because this is the only sound evidence that we are God's children. "As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." "Whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God" (Rom. 8:14; I John 3:10). Lastly, we must be holy, because without holiness on earth we should never be prepared and meet for heaven. It is written of the heavenly glory, "There shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie" (Rev. 21:27). St. Paul says expressly, "Without holiness no man shall see the Lord" (Heb. 12:14). Ah, reader, the last text I have just quoted is very solemn. It ought to make you think. It was written by the hand of inspired man: it is not my private fancy. Its words are the words of the Bible: not of my own invention. God has said it, and God will stand to it: "Without holiness no man shall see the Lord." What tremendous words these are! What thoughts come across my mind as I write them down! I look at the world, and see the greater part of it lying in wickedness; I look at professing Christians, and see the vast majority having nothing of Christianity but the name; I turn to the Bible, and I hear the Spirit saying, "Without holiness no man shall see the Lord."
New. This is a classic work that sets forth the Biblical doctrine of sanctification, in distinction from modern falsifications. He also gives thirteen clear distinctions between justification and sanctification. ''Are we holy'' ''How stands the account between our souls and God? '' ''Let us stand still a few minutes and consider the matter of holiness. '' ''I might have chosen a subject more popular and pleasant...I might have found one more easy to handle. But I feel deeply that I could not have chosen one more seasonable and more profitable to our souls. It is a solemn thing to hear the Word of God saying, '' ''Without holiness no man shall see the Lord'' (Hebrews 12: 14). What is holiness? (a) Holiness is the habit of being of one mind with God. (b) A holy one will endeavor to shun every known sin, and to keep every known commandment. (c) A holy one will strive to be like our Lord Jesus. (d) A holy one will follow after meekness, patience, long-suffering, ....He will and forebear much. (e) He will follow after temperance and self-denial. (f) He will follow after charity and love of fellow-saints. (g) He will follow after a spirit of benevolence and mercy towards others. He will follow after fear of God, humility, ...Ryle s writing is always expository, deeply devotional, easily understood, searching and sanctifying. The earlier one gets into this book, that much earlier will such a one be saved many griefs and hurtful errors. One of the most encouraging and hopeful signs I have observed for many a long day in Evangelical circles has been a renewed and increasing interest in the writing of Bishop J. C. Ryle (D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. ) There are dozens of delightful quotations in the appendices, a veritable roll call of famed authors in the field. Published originally in 1871. A must for the expository preacher! (The Minister s Library, Cyril J. Barber). Ryle (1816-1900) was a Bishop (1880-1898) in the Anglican Church in the nineteenth century, one of the bright lights...
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