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Crystal Christianity

Crystal Christianity

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Charles G. Finney shocked and shook saints and sinners alike. He was radical in everything from his methods, message, and motives to the unclerical clothes he preached in; and he was criticised for almost everything except being dull, tame, or boring.
Charles G. Finney shocked and shook saints and sinners alike. He was radical in everything from his methods, message, and motives to the unclerical clothes he preached in; and he was criticised for almost everything except being dull, tame, or boring.

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CRYSTALCHRISTIANITY
 byCharles G. Finney
 
CONTENTS
1. Discovering The Way Of Salvation.........................22. True And False Repentance …................................73. True and False Conversion.....................................144. True Submission:.A Matter Of Choice..................225. The Pursuit Of Selfishness......................................286. Religion Or Saving Faith ?.....................................357. Who Are We Trying To Fool ?..............................408. Idolatry And The Fear Of God..............................449. Caught In The Public Eye......................................5010. Legal Religion: Principles Of Fear........................5611. Conformity To The World.....................................6212. The Danger Of Deception …..................................6913. Doubtful Actions Are Sinful …..............................73
 
14. Exposing Your Inner Self …..................................8015. True Saints...............................................................8716. Justification: The Royal Pardon............................92
 
17. Reconciliation: A Covenant Of Grace...................9818. The Bread Of Heaven............................................103
 
19. Christian Perfection...............................................11020. Practical Christian Living.....................................117
 
21. The Challenge Of Loving.......................................125
 
22. Holiness And The Holy Spirit................................13123. Unfailing Christal Love..........................................139
 
24. Resting In Obidience...............................................14625. Bride Of Christ........................................................153
 
Chapter 1
DISCOVERING THE WAY OF SALVATION
''
Sirs, what must I do to be saved? A nd they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ" 
 —Acts 16:30-31.
"Of him are ye in Christ Jesus, Who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and  sanctification, and redemption" 
 —1 Corinthians
1:30.
The gospel plan of salvation is by faith, not works. Originally, the human race was to be saved by perfect and eternal obedience to the law of God. Adam was the natural head of the human race, andhis sin has involved us in its consequences. But his sin is not literally accounted
our 
sin. He stood asour natural head, and his sin has resulted in the sin and ruin of his descendants."By one man's disobedience many were made sinners" (Romans 5:19). When Adam fell, the lawoffered no hope of salvation.
 
Then
the plan
that had been provided by God's foresight for saving mankind by mere grace was re-vealed. Salvation was now placed on a new foun
dation by a covenant of 
redemption.
You will findthis covenant in the 89th Psalm and other places in the Old Testament. This is a covenant between the Father and the Son regarding the salvation of mankind and is the foundation of another covenant— the covenant of grace.
God's Covenant Relationship
In the covenant of redemption, man is merely the subject of the covenant. The parties are Godthe Father and God the Son. In this covenant, the Son is made the head or representative of His people. Adam was the
natural 
head of the human family, and Christ is the
covenant 
head of HisChurch.The covenant of grace was founded on this covenant of redemption. Made with men andrevealed to Adam after the fall, it was more fully revealed to Abraham. With Jesus Christ asMediator of this covenant of grace (in opposition to the original covenant of works), salvationwas now by faith. The obedience and death of Jesus Christ was regarded as the reason anyindividual could be saved, not an individual's personal obedience.But Christ's obedience was not performed
 for us.
As a man He had to obey for Himself. If He didnot obey, He became personally a transgressor. Yet there is a sense in which it may be said thatHis obedience is reckoned to our account. His obedience has highly honoured the law, and Hisdeath has fully satisfied the demands of public justice.
Grace
(not justice) has reckoned Hisrighteousness to us. If He had obeyed the law strictly
 for us,
 justice would have accounted Hisobedience to us. We could have obtained salvation
by right 
instead of asking for it through grace.Only in this sense is salvation accounted ours: that He, being God and man, voluntarily assumedour nature and laid down His life to make atonement. This casts such a glory on God's law thatgrace is willing to consider His obedience ours, as if we were righteous.Christ is also the covenant head of those who believe. He is not the natural head, as Adam was, but our 
covenant 
relationship to Him is such that whatever is given to Him is given to us.Whatever He is and whatever He has done, either as God or man, is given to us by covenant. TheChurch, as a body, has never understood the fullness and richness of this covenant. All there is inChrist is ours in the covenant of grace.We receive this grace by faith. Nothing we can do makes us deserving of this righteousness. Butas soon as we exercise faith, all that is contained in the covenant of grace becomes ours. This iswhy the inspired writers make so much of faith. Faith is our part of the covenant. It is the eyethat discerns, the hand that takes hold, and the medium by which we become possessed of the blessings of the covenant. By faith the soul actually becomes
 possessed 
of all that is embraced inthat act of faith. If there is not
enough faith received to break the bonds of sin and set the soul atliberty, it is because the act has not embraced enough of what Christ is and what He has done.

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