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he himself is judged of no man.” 1 John ii. 20, 27. " ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things....the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you ; but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him."
Necessary to salvation. 1 Cor. ii. 12. “ that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.” Tit. i. 1, 2, “the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness, in hope of eternal life.”
In the present life, however, we can only attain to an imperfect comprehension of spiritual things. 1 Cor. xiii. 9. “ we know in part.”
The other effect is love or charity, arising from a sense of the divine love shed abroad in the hearts of the regenerate by the Spirit, whereby those who are planted in Christ being influenced, become dead to sin, and alive again unto God, and bring forth good works spontaneously and freely. This is also called holiness. Eph. i. 4. - that we should be holy and without blame before him in love."
The love here intended is not brotherly love, which belongs to another place; nor even the ordinary affection which we bear to God, but one resulting from a consciousness and lively sense of the love wherewith he has loved us, and which in theology is reckoned the third after faith and hope. 1 Cor. xiii. 13. - now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” This is the offspring, as it were, of faith, and the parent of good works. Gal. v. 6. “ faith which worketh by love." It is described 1 Cor. xiii. and 1 John iv. 16. “We have known and
believed the love that God hath to us : God is love, and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.”
Shed by the Spirit. Ezek. xxxvi. 27. “ I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes.” Rom. v. 5. “ hope maketh not ashamed, because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us." Gal. v. 22. “ the fruit of the Spirit is love.”
Who are planted in Christ. John xv. 4, 5. “abide in me, and I in you: as the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine, no more can ye, except ye abide in me: I am the vine, ye are the branches; he that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit : for without me ye can do nothing." Eph. iii. 17, &c. “ that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith, that ye being rooted and grounded in love,” &c.
Dead unto sin. Rom. vi. 22. “ but now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness." 1 Pet. ii. 24. "that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness."
Alive again unto God. Rom. vi. 12, 13. “ yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead."
Spontaneously and freely; for our own cooperation is uniformly required. Ezek. xviii. 31. “ make you a new heart, and a new spirit ; for why will ye die, O house of Israel ?" Rom. vi. 12, 13. “let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof, neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin.” xii. 2. “ 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.” 2 Cor. vii. 1. “ having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” Gal. v. 16. " walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” Eph. iv. 20–24. “ if so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: that ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” 2 Cor. vi. 1. 6 receive not the grace of God in vain.” Col. iii. 5, 9, 10. “mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, &c.
- lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him.” 2 Tim. ii. 21. “ if a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work." 1 John ii. 3. 6 hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments." iii. 3. “every man that hath this hope in him, purifieth himself, even as he is
In consequence of this love or sanctity all believers are called saints. Philipp. iv. 21, 22. “ salute every saint in Christ Jesus ;” and to the same effect in other passages.
The holiness of the saints is nevertheless imperfect in this life. Psal. cxliii. 2. “enter not into judgment with thy servant, for in thy sight shall no man living be justified. cxxx. 3. “ if thou, Jah, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?” Prov. xx. 9. “ who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?” xxiv. 16. “a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again.” Rom. vii. 18, &c. “I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, dwelleth no good thing ; for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good, I know not.” Gal. v. 17. “the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary the one to the other : so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” James iii. 2. “in many things we offend all : if any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man.” 1 John i. 8. “ if we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in
Thus far of newness of life and its effects. It remains to speak of the increase operated in the regenerate. This increase is either absolute, which is internal, or relative, which is external.
Absolute increase is an increase derived from God the Father of those gifts which we have received by regeneration and implantation in Christ. 2 Cor. x. 15. “ when your faith is increased.”
Derived from God the Father. John xv. 2. “ every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.” Philipp. i. 3, 6. “ I thank my God......that he which hath begun a good work in you, will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” 2 Thess. i. 3. “ we are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all towards each other aboundeth.” Heb. xiii.
20, 21. “the God of peace......make you perfect in every good work, to do his will."
Through the Son. Heb. xiii. 21. “working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ.” xii. 2. “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.” So also Luke xvii. 5. “ the Apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.”
Spiritual increase, unlike physical growth, appears to be to a certain degree in the power of the regenerate themselves. 2 Cor. iv. 16. “ for which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.” . Eph. iv. 15. "speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.” Philipp. iii. 12. “ not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect; but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.” Heb. v. 13, 14. "every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness; for he is a babe : but strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” 1 Pet. ïi. 2. “as new born babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.” 2 Pet. ii. 18. “grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”
Thus much of increase. With regard to perfection, although this latter is not to be expected in the present life, it is our duty to strive after it with earnestness, as the ultimate object of our existence. Matt. v. 48. “ be ye therefore perfect, as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” See also 2 Cor. xiii. 11. Col. j. 28. “ that we may present every man perfect in