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Holiness.

Holiness.

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BY REV. J. H. POTTS, A.M.,

BY REV. J. H. POTTS, A.M.,

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HOLIESS.BY REV. J. H. POTTS, A.M.,WITHOUT entering into any doctrinal nicetieson the subject of the higher life, and with-out opening any of the old controversies whichhave been fruitful of so many ill effects, let a fewpoints be stated in the way of making the sub- ject clear.And first of all, we have no dispute with anybody as to the degree of holiness possible to man.This may safely be left with the Bible itself, andwith every studious mind and enlightened con-science. We desire only to point out the factthat the Scriptures designate a blessing to which justified Christians had not yet attained. Call itwhat you will, refer to it as a state, a life, or onlya phase of experience, it is there, and to its en- joyment professors of religion are invited.Paul writes to the Thessalonians, "And thevery God of peace sanctify you wholly; and Ipray God your whole spirit and soul and body bepreserved blameless unto the coming of our LordJesus Christ." 1 Thess, v, 23. That these Chris-124 Holiness.tians had already been justified appears from theaccount of their state of grace found in the firstchapter of the epistle. That they had not at-tained the full blessing in store for them appearsfrom the apostle's prayer.Again, Paul exhorts the Corinthian Christians," Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved,let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of theflesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God." They were believers, then, being " dearlybeloved " brethren. They had therefore been jus-tified, yet they needed complete cleansing.
 
David acknowledged his transgressions and sin,and after praying that they might be blotted out,washed thoroughly away, he then besought theLord to create within him a clean heart. Plenarypardon, observes Joseph Sutcliffe, was only half his request. He solicited purity, and puritywithout a stain. It is a small glory for a manto boast that his body and his character are freefrom gross sins, while his mind secretly feasts onimpurity. We must pray that sin may not mere •ly be cropped, but wholly eradicated, and thewhole man, body, soul, and spirit, "preservedblameless unto the coming of our Lord JesusChrist." The indwelling of the Holy Spirit, andthe constant application of the Redeemer's meritsWhat Sanctification Does 'ot. 125to keep us clean, are the surest preservatives fromfuture sins.Yet errors of thought and life will arise. Mis-takes in judgment will lead to mistakes in prac-tice, even in the most holy person, so that whatis commonly known as "complete deliverancefrom sin " is deliverance only from wrong in mo-tive or intent, and is entirely subject to weak-nesses, infirmities, and mistakes." In the realm of our personal nature," says Rev.Dr. Asbury Lowrey, " sanctification does much, butnot in the way of eradication. Its office is two-fold. First, to expunge sin from every motion andimpulse of the whole army of unreasoning propen-sities; second, to regulate, restrain, refine, and ex-alt all impulsive instincts. It does not extirpateor cripple a single constituent faculty. or doesit blunt the sensibilities nor extinguish legitimatedesire. The work of holiness in the empire of natural appetites and passions is to subjugate allto the absolute dominion of grace and keep allwithin the sphere of lawful indulgence."Here we wish to introduce the testimony of Bishop E. S. Janes. It is not in any way preten-
 
tious or boastful, it makes use of no high-sound-ing phrases, but runs along so quietly and clearly,showing how his great soul was kept from sin.126 Holiness.and was clean in the sight of God, that it may beregarded as a model of its kind." I want to say," he declares, *' that I am savedfrom sin through. Jesus Christ; that I have anincreasing nearness to God and a more intimatefellowship with him, a greater sense of his gra-cious presence with me continually, by day andby night. If I have a title to any thing it is inheaven; if I have a hold on any thing it is onheaven. I know my probation is drawing to itsclose. I have had great opportunities to servemy Lord and Master, and to do good service forhim. I have a very solemn account to render. Iappreciate it more and more, and yet, throughGod's great mercy in Jesus Christ, I meet it with-out fear, for I believe that all my imperfectionsof service and devotion are forgiven for Christ'ssake, and that he is the Lord, my Righteousness,and that through his mercy I shall give up myaccount with joy, and enter into the presenceand beatitude of God. Blessed be his name ! Iawoke this morning with the hymn runningthrough my mind which has in it this expression :* Rivers of delight.' The thought never arrestedmy attention before. * Rivers of delight ! ' Whatan expression ! Celestial delight — rivers thatnever dry ! * Who shall make them to drink of Bishop Janes' s Testimony. 127the river of thy pleasure, O Lord.' The pleasureof God — a river of God's pleasure. I awoke thismorning with this passage in my mind : ' Hebrought me to his banqueting house, and hisbanner over me was love.' God's banquet — spiritual food. You have been sitting at this

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