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The Faithful Promiser by John Ross Macduff

7TH DAY. Sanctifying Grace.

|He is Faithful that Promised.|

|He which hath begun a good work in you, will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.| -- PHIL. i.6.

Sanctifying Grace.

Reader! is the good work begun in thee? Art thou holy? Is sin crucifying? Are thy heart's idols, one by one abolished? Is the world less to thee, and eternity more to thee? Is more of thy Saviour's image impressed on thy character, and thy Saviour's love more enthroned in thy heart? Is |Salvation| to thee more |the one thing needful?| Oh! take heed! there can be no middle ground, no standing still; or if it be so, thy position must be a false one. The Saviour's blood is not more necessary to give thee a title to Heaven, than His Spirit to give thee a meetness for it. |If any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His!| |Onwards!| should be thy motto. There is no standing still in the life of faith. |The man,| says Augustine, |who says 'Enough,' that man's soul is lost?| Let this be the superscription in all thy ways and doings, |Holiness to the Lord.| Let the monitory word exercise over thee its habitual power, |Without holiness no man shall see the Lord.| Moreover, remember, that to be holy, is to be happy. The two are convertible terms. Holiness! It is the secret and spring of the joy of angels; and the more of holiness attained on earth -- the nearer and closer my walk is with God -- the more of a sweet earnest shall I have of the bliss that awaits me in a holy Heaven. Oh! my soul, let it be thy sacred ambition to |Be holy!|


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