Saturday, February 20, 2010

The depth of initial sanctification

"The right and true Christian faith is ' . . . a sure trust and confidence which a man hath in God, that, by the merits of Christ, his sins are forgiven, and he reconciled to the favour of God; whereof doth follow a loving heart, to obey his commandments.'

Now, whosoever has this faith, which 'purifies the heart' (by the power of God, who dwelleth therein) from 'pride, anger, desire, from all unrighteousness' from 'all filthiness of flesh and spirit;' which fills it with love stronger than death, both to God and to all mankind; love that doeth the works of God, glorying to spend and to be spent for all men, and that endureth with joy, not only the reproach of Christ, the being mocked, despised, and hated of all men, but whatsoever the wisdom of God permits the malice of men or devils to inflict, --whosoever has this faith thus working by love is not almost only, but altogether, a Christian." ~ John Wesley

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