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If it is by the power of God that we are sanctified, then why are not all, and especially all professing Christians, holy? Because they do not meet the conditions. These are:

1. Giving one’s self fully to God. All of time, talent, property, reputation influence, yea life itself, must be handed over to God to be His for ever.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”—Rom. 12:1.

The body includes all. A living sacrifice is a constant, perpetual one.

For I am the Lord your God; ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy: for I am holy.”—Lev. 11:44.

That is, set yourselves apart for God’s service, and he will make you holy.

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall save it.”—Matt. 16:25.

2. Confession of all sin actual or inbred.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”—I John 1:9.

If we confess our actual sins he is faithful and just to forgive us. If we confess our inbred sins he is faithful and just to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

3. Faith in Christ as our sanctifier.

God put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.”—Acts 15:9.

That they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.”—Acts 26:18.

But beware that your so-called faith is not presumption. Otherwise you may become a self-conceited Pharisee, instead of a humble, meek, holy follower of Jesus.

How can ye believe which receive honor one of another, and seek not the honor that cometh from God only.”—John 5:44.

In both these passages faith is spoken of as the medium through which sanctification is received.

Reader, what do you think of these passages of Scripture that we have brought before you? Do they not show you the necessity and the attainability of holiness? Do you live in this state of grace? If so, thank God, and press forward. If not, make no delay to obtain it. You have too much at stake to live without it a single day. Resolve that you will be holy. Ask God to search you. If, in the light of the Spirit, you see, as is often the case, that you are not justified, have the courage and honesty to confess your condition. If in a backslidden state you seek for holiness, you will, in all probability, take up with something short of reality.

Be thorough! Confess as fully as the word and the Spirit of God direct. Give yourself up without the least reserve to obey the Lord in everything. Look to Jesus as your present Saviour from all sin. Plead His promises. Rely upon His grace to save you to the uttermost. Thus you shall soon feel the sanctifying power the Spirit of God all through soul and body. You will then, in your daily life, have your fruit unto holiness; and the witness of the Spirit will be given, to assure you of your present gracious state, and to give you a pledge of untold glories to be enjoyed in the world to come.

Now we have received, not the Spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.”—I Cor. 2:12.

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