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THE PERSON SANCTIFIED of peace sanctify

them

or literally,

zvholly,

may

that the end of sanctification

"

491

unto the full end" so

be accomplished in them per.

fectly.*

However, the starting-point but in the soul.

of this grace lies not in the body,

Sin started in the soul, not in the body

;

hence

the mortification of sin must also begin in the soul. It is directed, first of all, to

the consciousness and to

its faculties

and judgment. Sanctification proceeds, not from the will, but from the consciousness. Sanctification is to make conformable to the will of God, and this requires, in the first place, that His good and perfect and acceptable will become a living reality to the consciousness, conviction, and The things of which one is ignorant do not affect him conscience. but ignorance of the divine will is sin, and this must be overcome of cogfnition, contemplation, reflection,

;

of

first

all.

But how? By committing chism? By no means. The

By

learning the Cate-

sanctification of

the consciousness

to

memory?

consists in God's act of writing His

are

still

law

in our hearts.

True, there

a few traces of that law written in the sinner's heart, as

who

are without the law are a most but the fermentation of a higher principle in a sinful person which can not maintain itThe Nihilist and Communist of the day show to what extent self. the heart may lose the sense of the first principles of right and righteousness. But when the Scripture promises that the Lord shall write the law in their hearts, and that they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, saying, " Know the Lord, for all the apostle writes that the Gentiles

law unto themselves; but

*This Thess.

is

v. 23

this is at the

not the place to discuss the opinion held by many, that

teaches trichotomy,

Let this only be observed, that parts," followed

but that

it

final end, ''-iloq."

,

which oppose the spiritual the psychical, as in

which

"

Moreover,

i

Cor.

ii.

it

man

i

the threefold division of man's being.

does not read, " 6?.6fiopovg," "in

by the summing up

reads " 6/loreP.eZf

it

i.e.,

of those parts, spirit, soul, refers,

all

your

and body;

not to the parts, but to the

should be noticed that in those passages

natural— the pneumatical to — the word "nvev/xa" indicates the new

to the

14, 15

i.e.,

which it never can be said that it be preserved blameFor this " nv£v/ia" is sinless dy nature. Calvin explains "spirit"

life-principle, of less.

and "soul as beings existence.

by making them to refer to our rational and moral existence endowed with reason and volition, both modes of the soul's

"

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The work of the Holy Spirit - pagina 531

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