The opposite doctrine. Auerbach?s ?On the Heights,? for example, teaches that man can make his own atonement and ?The Villa on the Rhine,? by the same author, teaches that man can sanctify himself. The proper inscription for many modern French novels is: ?Entertainment here for man and beast.? The Tendenznovelle of Germany has its imitators in the skeptical novels of England. And no doctrine in these novels is so common as the doctrine that man needs no Savior but himself.
(b) It is a continuous process.
<500106> Philippians 1:6 ? ?being confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ?; 3:15 ? ?Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, be thus minded: and if in anything ye are otherwise minded, this also shall God reveal unto you?;
<510309> Colossians 3:9, 10 ? ?lie not one to another; seeing that ye have put off the old man with his doing; and have put on the new man, that is being renewed unto knowledge after the image of him that created him?; cf .
<440247> Acts 2:47 ? ?those that were being saved?; <460118>1 Corinthians 1:18 ? ?unto us who are being saved?; 2 Corinthians2:15 ? ?in them that are being saved?; <520212>1 Thess. 2:12 ? ?God, who calleth you into his own kingdom and glory.?
C. H. Parkhurst: ?The yeast does not strike through the whole lump of dough at a flash. We keep finding unsuspected lumps of meal that the yeast has not yet seized upon. We surrender to God in installments. We may not mean to do it, but we do it. Conversion has got to be brought down to date.? A student asked the President of Oberlin College whether he could not take a shorter course than the one prescribed. ?Oh yes,? replied the President, ?but then it depends on what you want to make of yourself. When God wants to make an oak, he takes a hundred years but when he wants to make a squash, he takes six months.?
(c) It is distinguished from regeneration as growth from birth, or as the strengthening of a holy disposition from the original impartation of it.
<490415> Ephesians 4:15 ? ?speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into him, who is the head, even Christ?; <520312>1 Thess. 3:12 ? ?the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men?; <610318>2 Peter 3:18 ? ?But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?; cf . <600123>1 Peter 1:23 ? ?begotten again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, through the word of God, which liveth and abideth?; <620309>1 John 3:9 ? ?Whosoever is begotten of God doeth no sin, because his seed abideth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is begotten of God.? Not sin only, but holiness
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