also, is a germ whose nature is to grow. The new love in the believer?s heart follows the law of all life, in developing and extending itself under God?s husbandry. George Eliot: ?The reward of one duty done is the power to do another.? J. W. A. Stewart: ?When the 21st of March has come, we say ?The back of the winter is broken.? There will still be alternations of frost but the progress will be towards heat. The coming of summer is sure, in germ the summer is already here.? Regeneration is the crisis of a disease, sanctification is the progress of convalescence.
Yet growth is not a uniform thing in the tree or in the Christian. In some single months there is more growth than in all the year besides. During the rest of the year, however, there is solidification, without which the green timber would be useless. The period of rapid growth, when woody fiber is actually deposited between the bark and the trunk, occupies but four to six weeks in May, June and July. <610105>2 Peter 1:5 ? ?adding on your part all diligence, in your faith supply virtue; and in your virtue knowledge? = adding to the central grace all those that are complementary and subordinate, till they attain the harmony of a chorus ejpicorhgh>sate .
(d) The operation of God reveals itself in, and is accompanied by, intelligent and voluntary activity of the believer in the discovery and mortification of sinful desires and in the bringing of the whole being into obedience to Christ and conformity to the standards of his word.
<431717> John 17:17 ? ?Sanctify them in the truth: thy word is truth?; 2 Cor.10:5 ? ?casting down imaginations, and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ?; <503512>Philippians 2:12, 13 ? ?work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who worketh in you both to will and to work, for his good pleasure?; <600202>1 Peter 2:2 ? ?as new-born babes, long for the spiritual milk which is without guile, that ye may grow thereby unto salvation.? <431503>John 15:3 ? ?Already ye are clean because of the word which I have spoken unto you.? Regeneration through the word is followed by sanctification through the word. <490501>Ephesians 5:1 ? ?Be ye therefore imitators of God, as beloved children.? Imitation is at first a painful effort of will, as in learning the piano; afterwards it becomes pleasurable and even unconscious. Children unconsciously imitate the handwriting of their parents. Charles Lamb sees in the minor, as he is shaving, the apparition of his dead father. So our likeness to God comes out as we advance in years. ( <510304>Colossians 3:4 ? ?When Christ who is our life shall be manifested, then shall ye also with him be manifested in glory.?
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