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What Holds Us Back.

What Holds Us Back.

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BY EDWARD MEYRICK GOULBURN, D.D.,

WORK out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is
God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good
pleasure.'''' — Phil. ii. 12, 13.
BY EDWARD MEYRICK GOULBURN, D.D.,

WORK out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is
God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good
pleasure.'''' — Phil. ii. 12, 13.

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WHAT HOLDS US BACK. BY EDWARD MEYRICK GOULBURN, D.D.,WORK out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good  pleasure.'''' — Phil. ii. 12, 13. The present little Ti-eatise, upon the third part of which we are now about to enter, is occupied with giving certain practical directions to those who, not content with passively receiving religious impressions, desire to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We are making an extended comment upon that exhortation of St. Peter : " And beside this," (beside that purifying faith in God's " exceeding great and precious promises," which lies at the root of all true religion,) " giving all dili-gence, add to your faith virtue ; and to virtue know-ledge ; and to knowledge temperance ; and to tempe-rance patience ; and to patience godliness ; and to god-liness brotherly kindness ; and to brotherly kindness charity." Anxious for the success of what is being said, and
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knowing that this success is entirely of a practical and experimental character, we feel disposed at intervals to turn round to our readers, and ask of them how they are progressing % And if the answer should be, as in some cases doubtless it will be, that they are making no sensible progress at all, and that their efforts in 1* 154 WTiat holds us back. [part the pursuit of holiness are continually baffled, and meet with disappointment, we wish to take that confes-sion as a symptom, — if the trial has had a fair space of time allotted to it, — that something is wrong with them, and to stop on our journey, and ask what that wrong thing is. Let this Chapter then be devoted to the inquiry. What is it which often holds back those, who appear to  be earnest in '' working out their own salvation ? " And may God throw upon our minds that inward light which alone can expose the error to our consciences,
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and bring us into the path of truth.  Now the celebrated passage to the Philippians, to which I have just referred, contains in itself the detec-tion and exposure of the error. " Work out your own salvation," writes the Apostle, " with fear and trem- bling ; " intimating most assuredly, whatever Calvin may say to the contrary, that the human will has a certain part to play in the matter of salvation, and that it must be played with all earnestness, yea, even with an agonizing earnestness, " with fear and trembling ; "  but then he immediately subjoins, "/or it is God that worketh in you," intimating most assuredly, whatever Arminius may say to the contrary, that we cannot ourselves work in ourselves, or produce from our-selves, a single one of the dispositions that constitute holiness, — that the origin, progress, and maturity of those dispositions is all of free grace, just as entirely as the forgiveness of sins is. It is, then, on this ground we will look for our error, if so be we may find it. It is more than likely, if we are hanging back in the Christian course, either that we are not surrendering our will honestly and unreservedly to God, to be and to do as He bids us, and virtually saying, " I will not
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