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The Evidences of Perfect Love.

The Evidences of Perfect Love.

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By DANIEL STEELE, D.D.

IN addition to the direct witness of the
Spirit to the completeness of his work,
(i Cor. ii, 12,) we have the following corrobo-
rative evidences which may be appropriately
styled the fruits of the Sanctifier : —
By DANIEL STEELE, D.D.

IN addition to the direct witness of the
Spirit to the completeness of his work,
(i Cor. ii, 12,) we have the following corrobo-
rative evidences which may be appropriately
styled the fruits of the Sanctifier : —

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THE EVIDENCES OF PERFECT LOVE. By DANIEL STEELE, D.D. IN addition to the direct witness of the Spirit to the completeness of his work, (i Cor. ii, 12,) we have the following corrobo-rative evidences which may be appropriately styled the fruits of the Sanctifier : — I. Easy victory over sin. — In the justi-fied state there is victory, but after intense and painful struggles. Yet sometimes, in moments of weakness, sin takes the soul so by surprise that it is brought into condemnation. Victory on hard-fought battle-fields, with occasional defeats, is the usual experience of regenerate souls. But after the fullness of Christ's love is shed abroad in the soul, temptation greatly loses its power. An invisible shield quenches the fiery dart. The soul, surrounded by "the mu-nitions of rocks," understands what it is to be " kept by the power of God through faith." It has but to utter, " Get thee hence, Satan," and the Tempter flees in confusion.
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The Evidences of Perfect Love. 251 It may take time for the entirely sanctified person to unmask Satan, to disrobe him of the angels robe of light. Jesus had no such neces-sity. His omniscient eye glanced instantaneous-ly through all disguises. But the souls of men, though they are all aglow with love to God, have no such intuitive insight into the moral char-acter of all acts. They must fall back upon their judgments. Abstract right may be an intuition, and, at the same time, right in an act may require careful deliberation or appli-cation of the reasoning faculty. This may cause delay and anxiety to know the path of duty, but no struggle to overcome inward an-tagonists to perfect rectitude. Just here is a good place to explain the singular phenomenon of two perfectly sanctified persons, like Paul and Barnabas, disagreeing in their conclusions. Their judgments of what is expedient differ,
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while both are actuated by perfect love to God and man. The impulse toward the known right is equally strong in both. They would die at the stake before they would swerve from the purpose of righteousness. But their orig-inal intellectual capacities, education, and cir-cumstances, which all have an influence upon 2$2 Love Enthroned. their judgment, differ so greatly that tliey in-nocently arrive at widely different conclusions. This accounts for the fact, that professors of entire sanctification are sometimes severely criticized by non-professors of this grace for doing deeds which the superior moral train-ing of their critics would not let them do. For instance, the laws of one country may not regard as property the fruits growing wild in the field. The appropriation of such is as free to all as the sunshine and the rain. Another country may define such fruits as the property of the land-
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