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The Promise and Assurance of Sanctification.

The Promise and Assurance of Sanctification.

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BY F. D. HUNTINGTON, D. D.,

MY SHEEP HEAR MY VOICE, AND I KNOW THEM, AND THEY FOL
LOW ME : AND I GIVE UNTO THEM ETERNAL LIFE ; AND THEY
SHALL NEVER PERISH, NEITHER SHALL ANY MAN PLUCK THEM
OUT OF MY HAND. John x. 27, 28.
BY F. D. HUNTINGTON, D. D.,

MY SHEEP HEAR MY VOICE, AND I KNOW THEM, AND THEY FOL
LOW ME : AND I GIVE UNTO THEM ETERNAL LIFE ; AND THEY
SHALL NEVER PERISH, NEITHER SHALL ANY MAN PLUCK THEM
OUT OF MY HAND. John x. 27, 28.

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THE PROMISE AND ASSURANCE OF SANCTIFICATION. BY F. D. HUNTINGTON, D. D.,MY SHEEP HEAR MY VOICE, AND I KNOW THEM, AND THEY FOL LOW ME : AND I GIVE UNTO THEM ETERNAL LIFE ; AND THEY SHALL NEVER PERISH, NEITHER SHALL ANY MAN PLUCK THEM OUT OF MY HAND. John x. 27, 28. BOTH in the common business of Christian living, and in the discouragements of Christian failure, there is an inestimable power in the assurance so explicitly given in these words of the Saviour. And this is the assur ance : All who have become his by the communication into their souls of his secret and divine life through faith shall be securely and inviolably kept in that com munion. They are not on the same ground with the rest of the world. They live in no uncertainty. They have believed to some purpose. They have not made their good confession for a disappointment. The prom ises of God have not imposed upon them a delusion. The laws of their spiritual nature are not going to play them false. There are privileges, there are safeties, pertaining to them, not to be had in any other way than this new way. The salvation they are told of means something. The almighty friendship of the
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Saviour, pledged to them when they consented to be 420 THE PROMISE AND ASSURANCE his friends, amounts to something. They are not out side, but inside a commonwealth, or fold, which has defences, foundations, immunities. Over it is a Guar dian who is not a covenant-breaker, a Shepherd that is a King. No man is able to pluck them out of his hand. Say nothing of that deep experience which is the only competent interpreter in the case, since it brings with it a new organ of discernment ; who of us, even by the common knowledge of common things, does not see that a new and invigorating character must be given to the whole action of the religious life, when this conviction about it is established as a living habit in the soul ? Take first the moods of religious dissatisfaction. These are various in their occasions, various in form, color, and degree, according to .individual temperament and situation. They range over the whole scale of man s marvellous sensibility to doubt, to fear, to pal pable accusings of conscience and nameless depressions.
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They gather up their painful elements from without and from within. They shape themselves, with a multi formity of suffering that is wonderful and fearful, to all our individual ideas of what the Christian life is, and of what God requires. If you conceive of this chiefly as an obligation, you see with dismay that the command outreaches your obedience. If you regard it as a privilege, you are mortified that you abuse it. If you take the legal view, you feel the sentence of death in your self-judgment ; if the ethical, your moral standard mocks and shames you. If the disinterested compas sion of Christ s sacrifice moves you, you are humiliated at the poverty of your return and even the dulness of your gratitude. If you are inclined to look mainly into OP SANCTIFICATION. 421 the Bible for your direction, then the distance between that Book and the record of your own doings is the dis tance between Heaven and earth, between holy and un holy. Or if you listen reverently for the voices of intu ition, springing in the oracles of your own immortal spirit, still the ideal dwarfs the performance, and the honest conscience cries, " Unclean, unclean ! " " Mis
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