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Sanctification by J. W. Byers

CHAPTER IX Holiness

=Holiness an attribute of God.= |Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?| -- Ex.15:11. |And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whol =God must be worshiped in holiness.= |Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering and come before him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.| -- 1 Chron.16:29. |Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the reme =God's throne and dwelling-place.= |God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.| -- Psa.47:8. |For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him =Holiness becomes God's house.= |Thy testimonies are very sure: holiness becometh thine house, O Lord, forever.| -- Psa.93:5. |The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness.| -- Titus 2:3.

=The church of God is called a mountain of holiness.= |The Lord bless thee, O habitation of justice, and mountain of holiness.| -- Jer.31:23. |Thus saith the Lord; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be ca =God speaks in holiness.= |God hath spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice.| -- Psa.60:6. |Mine heart within me is broken because of the prophets; all my bones shake; I am like a drunken man, and like a man whom wine hath overcome, because of the Lord, and =The way of holiness.= |And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those; the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. No lion shall be there, no =The courts of holiness.= |But they that have gathered it shall eat it, and praise the Lord; and they that have brought it together shall drink it in the courts of my holiness.| -- Isa.62:9.

=The people of God are holy.= |The people of thy holiness have possessed but a little while: our adversaries have trodden down thy sanctuary.| -- Isa.63:18. |And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the Lord: and thou shalt be called, Sou =We are called unto holiness.= |Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.| -- Heb.12:14. |But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, Be ye holy, for I =A perfect holiness attainable.= |Having 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.

=Fruit unto holiness.= |But now being made fre The prophet foresaw this blessed return of the people of God and tells us |they shall call them, The holy people.| There are some who call themselves holiness people, but the prophet says we shall be called, |The holy people.| Holiness factions and sects have actually sprung into existence, which declare that sectism and division is necessary. This class of holiness is not that described in the foregoing scriptures. Bible holiness will in every individual instance destroy everything out of men's hearts that separates or divides. Divisions are the outgrowth of carnality and not of the Spirit of God. Every profession of holiness, therefore, which sanctions division and sectism cannot possibly be the holiness of the Bible. This may seem to some a strong assertion, but it will stand the test of the word of God.

No scriptural unity will ever be effected among the people of God outside the experience of sanctification. Men have repeatedly laid other foundations, but all to no avail. It is a source of great satisfaction to know that wherever the Holy Spirit has the right of way in the hearts of men, there is found true apostolic unity, both in spirit and in doctrine. This is a well authenticated fact which is demonstrated in thousands of hearts today. The holy people are one people, and all are willing to be measured by all of the word of God, which proves to the |profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.| The apostle teaches us, in Heb.12:10, that God imparts unto us his holiness: we are partakers of it. It is not an experience which we by our efforts can attain to, but upon the clearly defined conditions of his word we come into possession of his holiness. It is all wrought within us by himself. |Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.| Bible holiness is truly an imported article directly from God out of heaven. Some imported goods in this country are much more expensive and of better quality than those of home manufacture. Many of our people prefer to pay the extra expense in order to obtain the better quality, and usually are abundantly satisfied with their purchase. This may serve to illustrate this blessed holiness of the Bible. Men's professions are sometimes like an inferior homemade piece of goods. It soon wears threadbare and betrays its quality, but the genuine imported article of Bible holiness proves satisfactory in every respect, and the more it is worn the better it becomes. It has cost us everything, but it proves to be worth more than everything to us. The reason why some people have failed to get it is, they are unwilling to pay the price. They are deceived by the false doctrine that they do not need to consecrate their all, and hence have accepted a holiness manufactured by man, a homemade article which will never stand the test. A definite, absolute consecration to the loss of all things will never fail to procure the genuine article of true Bible holiness, which will stand the wear of every trial of life and the test of the judgment.

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