Heart Talk on Holiness – PT.2

Heart Talk on Holiness – PT.2

Editor’s note: On the subject of Holiness it reminds me of something John Wesley said: Gospel holiness is no less than the image of God stamped upon the heart; it is no other than the whole mind which was in Christ Jesus, it consists of all heavenly affections and tempers mingled together in one.

  1. God does not admit that we get rid of this at conversion, for all His teachings and exhortations concerning it are addressed to Christians. And those who hold this doctrine will have to admit one of two things either that it is not removed at conversion, or that a great number of earnest professors who claim to be converted have never been converted at all. Personally, I cannot admit the latter for an instant.
  2. God does, by the mouth of Peter, exhort us to grow in grace, but that simply means to grow in favor with God, by obedience and faith, and does not touch the subject in hand. Corn may grow beautifully and delight the farmer, but all its growth will not rid the field of weeds, and the farmer will have to look to some other method to get rid of those troublesome things.
  3. Neither does God anywhere teach that this thing need be bothering us till death, or that death will destroy it.
  4. Nor do I find any warrant in the whole Bible for purgatorial fires being the deliverer from this evil.
  5. But I do find that God teaches very plainly how we are to get rid of it. Paul says, ‘Put off . . . the old man” (Eph. iv. 22). James says, ‘ . . . lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness’ (Jas. i. 21). John says, ‘. . . the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin’ (I John i. 7), not part or some, sin, but ‘all sin.’

And again, John says, Jesus ‘was manifested’ to ‘destroy the works of the devil’; (I John iii. 8), and God says through Ezekiel, ‘I will take away the stony heart’ (Ezek. xxxvi. 26).

All these passages teach that we are to get rid of something that bothers us and hinders our spiritual life and show plainly that this work is not to be a slow, evolutionary process, but an instantaneous work, wrought in the heart of the humble believer by the Holy Ghost. Blessed be God! And the Bible further teaches that the one thing needful on our part to secure this operation of the Holy Spirit is an obedient faith that laughs at impossibilities, and cries “It shall be done.”‘

If this Bible teaching is true, then it is a matter that can be proved by experience. If one man proves it to be so, that establishes the Bible testimony against all the doubters in the world. All men used to believe the world was flat. Columbus rose up and said it was round, and he proved it against them all. There may be some ignorant old fogies yet who believe the world is flat, but they can prove it to be round, if they will take the trouble, and whether they prove it or not, their purblind unbelief does not change the fact.

Just so, the greater part of mankind believe that ‘the old man’ is destined to live to the end. But as Paul asks, ‘ . . . shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? ‘(Rom. iii. 3) and humble men and women are rising up every day to declare it is possible, and that all men can prove that he can be destroyed, if they will meet the conditions.

Oh, that we could get men to understand this! Oh, that we could get them to take counsel with faith and not with unbelief! Oh, that we could get them to see what Jesus really came to do!

I proved this fifteen years ago, and ever since I have been walking in a day that has no setting sun, and everlasting joy and gladness have been on my head and in my heart. Glory be to God!

It is no little salvation that Jesus Christ came to work out for us. It is a ‘great salvation,’ and it saves. Hallelujah! It is not a pretense. It is not a ‘make believe.’ It is a real salvation from all sin and uncleanness; from all doubt and fear; from all guile and hypocrisy; from all malice and wrath. Bless God!

When I begin to consider it and to write about it, I want to fill the page with praises to God. The hallelujahs of heaven begin to ring all through my soul, and my heart cries out with those four mystical beasts before the throne, ‘Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty,’ (Rev. iv. 8) and in spirit I fall down with ‘the four and twenty elders,’ and worship Him that liveth for ever and ever, who has taken away my sins and destroyed the works of the devil out of my heart, and come to dwell in me.

Finally, ‘Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief ‘ ‘And to whom sware He that they should not enter into His rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.’ ‘For we which have believed do enter into rest’.
Be continued tomorrow

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