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unto holiness e,”. “ without which no man shall see the Lord f.” “ For he that will love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile : let him eschew evil and do good ; let him seek peace and ensue it; for the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears [are open] unto their prayers ; but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? But and if ye suffer for righteousness sake, happy sare ye], and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troublede.” “Abstain from all appearance of evilh;" “ casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christi.” “Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God k." “ Be thou a partaker of the afflictions of the Gospel ?.” “ If we be dead with Christ, we shall also live with Him; if we suffer, we shall also reign with Himm;" “ for our light affliction which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glorya.” “Blessed are they which are perse
e 1 Thess. iv. 7.
* 1 Cor. x. 31. i Hebr. xii. 14.
I 2 Tim. i. 8. 8 1 Peter, iii. 10–14, 17. m 2 Tim. ii. 11, 12. n i Thess. v. 22. Rom. xii. 9. – 2 Cor. iv, 17.
cuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaveno.” “ If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are yep.” “Be nothing terrified by your adversaries, which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of GOD 9."
The disciple of Christ, then, is required to keep a constant watch over himself, to be ever prepared to encounter temptations, and to preserve the mastery over the evil propensities of his nature. As he lives in perpetual warfare with spiritual enemies, he must never sleep at his post , he must work out his salvation with fear and trembling", and when he “ thinketh he standeth,” he must “ take heed lest he falls.” He is to pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit, but he must use his own utmost endeavours to “possess his vessel in sanctification and honourt,” and “ not in the lust of concupiscence";” that it may be a fit habitation of the Spirit: “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of GOD, him will God destroy W.” “ Having these promises,” says St. Paul, “ let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit,
* Matt. v. 10, 11, 12.
s1 Cor. x. 12.
perfecting holiness in the fear of God*;" “ for they that are after the flesh, do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit, the things of the Spirit ; for to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is peacey.” “If ye live after the flesh, ye shall die; but if ye, through the Spirit, do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall livez.” “Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lusts of the flesha."
Thus we find, that man is required to cooperate with the Holy Spirit; for the gift of the Spirit, although it imparts knowledge and strength, does not supersede free will on the part of man; nor does it oppose it, beyond a certain point ; for, if it be pertinaciously resisted, it may give man up to his own imaginations. It instructs, it guides, it sanctifies, but it does not compel. We are “ sanctified by the Holy Ghostb;" the unction from the Holy One “ teacheth of all things and is trutho;” “ the Spirit quickeneth d ;” “ the Spirit giveth lifee;" “ the Spirit helpeth our infirmities f;” we are “ led by the Spirits;” “ He will guide us into all truth h;”. we are to “ walk after the Spirit ;” we are “strengthened with might by the Spirit”;” but we may resist the Holy Ghost'; we are told, not to quench the Spirit“, and not to grieve the Holy Spirit of God". Paul exhorteth Timothy to stir up the gift of God which was in himo. Those“ who have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the world to come,” may “ fall away P." So that the regeneration of man does not ensure him from relapsing into his former self ; the “ new man" may again become the “ old man.” Man must himself be an active agent ; yielding to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and obeying its suggestions ; but zealously, sincerely, and constantly striving to “ press toward the mark, for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus 9." He must cleanse himself from “ all filthiness of the flesh and spirit".” With regard to the latter, he is to bring “ into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ*;" he must be " pure in heartt;" he must cultivate humility of spirit, and that “ lowliness of mindu” which was in
* 2 Cor. vii. 1.
d John, vi. 63.
Christ Jesus." “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of GoD *;" “ blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earthy;" “ a meek and quiet spirit is in the sight of God of great price?.” “Be clothed with humility : for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humblea.” “I say to every man that is among you, not to think [of himself] more highly than he ought to thinkb.” “Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits c.” Whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted d." “ Cleanse your hands ye sinners, and purify your hearts ye double-minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep ; let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you upe.” “ Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due timef.” “Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you ? let him show, out of a good conversation, his works with meekness of wisdom 8;" “ the wisdom that is from above
• Philip. üi. 5. * Matt. v. 3.
Matt. v. 5. di Peter, iii. 4. · 1 Peter, v. 5.
c Rom. xii. 16.
James, iü. 15.