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 Sanctification and Holiness ~ Octavius Winslow

(Octavius Winslow, "The Christians Journey")

Christ himself is our sanctification.

As Christ, by the Spirit grows in us, and we
become conformed to the image of Christ,
He becomes our sanctification.

We grow holy only as we approximate to
the nature, the spirit, and image of Christ.

This is true holiness, and nothing else is.

Holiness does not consists in fastings, in prayers,
in religious duties, rites, and ceremonies. How
many there are in the present day who are
religiously and rigidly observing all these external
things, dreaming of holiness and fitness for heaven,
without one particle of real sanctification!

What a fearful and fatal delusion!

Your sanctification, beloved, is Christ: Christ growing
in you, "who of God is made unto us wisdom,
righteousness, sanctification, and redemption."

Beloved, you have to battle with indwelling sin, and
to conflict with outward temptation. But never forget
that you are to live upon Christ as much for your
sanctification as for your justification; that His grace
is pledged to subdue your iniquities, to arm you in
the conflict, to give you skill in the holy fight, and
the final victory over all your enemies. And in
proportion as Christ grows in you, you will grow
in a true hatred of sin, in a deepening love of
holiness, and thus in real, gospel sanctification.





 2008/7/24 18:55









 Re: Sanctification and Holiness ~ Octavius Winslow

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Rivqah wrote:
(Octavius Winslow, "The Christians Journey")

Christ himself is our sanctification.

As Christ, by the Spirit grows in us, and we
become conformed to the image of Christ,
He becomes our sanctification.

We grow holy only as we approximate to
the nature, the spirit, and image of Christ.

This is true holiness, and nothing else is.

Holiness does not consists in fastings, in prayers,
in religious duties, rites, and ceremonies. How
many there are in the present day who are
religiously and rigidly observing all these external
things, dreaming of holiness and fitness for heaven,
without one particle of real sanctification!

What a fearful and fatal delusion!

Your sanctification, beloved, is Christ: Christ growing
in you, "who of God is made unto us wisdom,
righteousness, sanctification, and redemption."

Beloved, you have to battle with indwelling sin, and
to conflict with outward temptation. But never forget
that you are to live upon Christ as much for your
sanctification as for your justification; that His grace
is pledged to subdue your iniquities, to arm you in
the conflict, to give you skill in the holy fight, and
the final victory over all your enemies. And in
proportion as Christ grows in you, you will grow
in a true hatred of sin, in a deepening love of
holiness, and thus in real, gospel sanctification.








This passage of scripture goes well with this quote from, Winslow on sanctification:


Psalm 18:34-50

34He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.

35Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.

36Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.

37I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them: neither did I turn again till they were consumed.

38I have wounded them that they were not able to rise: they are fallen under my feet.

39For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me.

40Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies; that I might destroy them that hate me.

41They cried, but there was none to save them: even unto the LORD, but he answered them not.

42Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind: I did cast them out as the dirt in the streets.

43Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; and thou hast made me the head of the heathen: a people whom I have not known shall serve me.

44As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me.

45The strangers shall fade away, and be afraid out of their close places.

46The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.

47It is God that avengeth me, and subdueth the people under me.

48He delivereth me from mine enemies: yea, thou liftest me up above those that rise up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man.

49Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.

50Great deliverance giveth he to his king; and sheweth mercy to his anointed, to David, and to his seed for evermore.

 2008/7/24 20:16





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