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WHAT inspired prayer sets the standard of Christian experience?
"And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God
your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless
unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." I Thess. 5:23.
How necessary is the experience of sanctification?
"Follow after peace with all men, and the sanctification without
which no man shall see the Lord." Heb.
What encouragement is held out as an aid in attaining this experience?
"For this is the will of God, even your sanctification."
1 Thess. 4:3.
is the will of God concerning us can be realized in our experience if our
wills are in harmony with His will. It is therefore a matter of great
encouragement to know that our sanctification is included in the will of
What distinct purpose did Christ have in giving Himself for the church?
"Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and
gave Himself for it; that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the
washing of water by the word." Eph. 5:25,26.
What kind of church would He thus be able to present to Himself?
"That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having
spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and
without blemish." Verse 27.
In the experience of sanctification, what attitude must one assume toward
"God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through
sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth." 2
What instruction shows that sanctification is a progressive work?
"But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and
Saviour Jesus Christ." 2 Peter 3:18. See chap. 1:5-7.
What description of the apostle Paul's experience is in harmony with this?
"Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this
one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching
forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark of
the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Phil. 3:13,14.
By what is this cleansing from sin and fitting for God's service
"For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of
an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the
flesh: how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the
eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your
conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" Heb.
9:13,14. See also chap. 10:29.
What change is thus brought about?
"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the
renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and
acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Rom. 12:2.
Can anyone boast of sinlessness?
"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth
is not in us." 1 John 1:8.
What are we exhorted by the prophet to seek?
"Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought
His judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall
be hid in the day of the Lord's anger." Zeph. 2:3.
In whose name should everything be done?
"And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the
Lord Jesus." Col. 3:17.
In all we do, whose glory should we have in view?
"Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all
to the glory of God." 1 Cor. 10:31.
What classes of persons are necessarily shut out of the kingdom of God?
"For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor
covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of
Christ and of God." Eph. 5:5. "Know ye not that the
unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither
fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of
themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor
revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God." 1 Cor.
What must be crucified and eliminated from our lives if we would be holy?
"Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth;
fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and
covetousness, which is idolatry: for which things' sake the wrath of God
cometh on the children of disobedience." Col. 3:5,6.
When purged from these sins, in what condition is a man, and for what is
"If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel
unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the Master's use, and prepared unto
every good work." 2 Tim. 2:21.
is the term used to describe the work of God the Holy Ghost upon the
character of those who are justified. We are justified in order that we
may be sanctified, and we are sanctified in order that we may be
glorified. 'Whom He justified, them He also glorified.' Rom. 8:30. The
grace of God is given to make us holy, and so to fit us for God's presence
in eternity; for 'without holiness no man shall see the Lord.' Heb.
12:14."-"The Catholic Religion" (Episcopal), by Rev.
Vernon Staley, page 327.
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