Horace Bushnell said that, if the stars did not move, they would rot in the sky. The man who rides the bicycle must either go on or go off. A large part of sanctification consists in the formation of proper habits, such as the habit of Scripture reading, of secret prayer, of church going, of efforts to convert and benefit others. Baxter: ?Every man must grow, as trees grow, downward and upward at once. The visible outward growth must be accompanied by an invisible inward growth.? Drummond: ?The spiritual man having passed from death to life, the natural man must pass from life to death.? There must be increasing sense of sin: ?My sins gave sharpness to the nails, And pointed every thorn.? There must be a bringing of new and yet newer regions of thought, feeling and action under the sway of Christ and his truth. There is a grain of truth even in Macaulay?s jest about ?essentially Christian cookery.?
A. J. Gordon, Ministry of the Spirit, 63, 109-111 ? ?The church is Christian no more than as it is the organ of the continuous passion of Christ. We must suffer with sinning and lost humanity, and so ?fill up...that which is lacking of the afflictions of Christ ( <510124>Colossians 1:24). Christ?s crucifixion must be prolonged side by side with his resurrection. There are three deaths. There is death in sin, which is our natural condition, death for sin, which is our judicial condition and death to sin, which is our sanctified condition. As the ascending sap in the tree crowds off the dead leaves which in spite of storm and frost cling to the branches all the winter long, so does the Holy Spirit within us, when allowed full sway, subdue and expel the remnants of our sinful nature.?
(e) The agency through which God effects the sanctification of the believer is the indwelling Spirit of Christ.
<431417> John 14:17, 18 ? ?the Spirit of truth...he abideth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you desolate I come unto you?; 15:3-5 ? ?Already ye are clean...Abide in me...apart from me ye can do nothing?
<450809> Romans 8:9, 10 ? ?the Spirit of God dwelleth in you. But if any man hath not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his, And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the spirit is life because of righteousness?; <460102>1 Corinthians 1:2, 30 ? ?sanctified in Christ Jesus...Christ Jesus, who was made unto us...sanctification?; 6:19 ? ?know ye not that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which ye have from God?? <480516>Galatians 5:16 ? ?Walk by the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh?; <490518>Ephesians 5:18 ? ?And be not drunken with wine, wherein is riot but be filled with the Spirit?; <510127>Colossians 1:27-29 ? ?the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: whom we
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