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II.

Sanctification Is a Mystery. •'

Let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of

God."—2

Cor.

vii. I.

Sanctification belongs to the mysteries of faith hence it can not be confessed but as a dogma. By this statement we intend to cut oflE at once every representa;

tion

which makes

" sanctification" to

consist of the

human

effort to

make oneself holy or holier. To become more holy is undoubtedly the duty which rests upon as an accursed every man. God has condemned all unholiness thing.

Inferior holiness can not exist before

more or

less holy is

lesser holiness,

and

bound

to forsake

all

let perfect holiness

Him.

Every man

unholiness. to resigti all

dwell and be manifest in

as I am holy," The commandment, requires morale current the of laxity may not be weakened. The man every of holiness absolute demand that God's absolute right to

him

"

instantly.

Be ye holy

as a memorial be incessantly presented to the conscience, bound sound. uncertain no with all to upon the heart, and proclaimed His gathers God where heaven of territories the innumerable In

redeemed,

all

unholiness

is

never-failing characteristic.

excluded and absolute holiness is the And as it is in heaven, so it ought to

kingdoms of this be on earth. God, the sovereign Ruler of all the in heart or home unholiness least the forbidden world, has strictly In fact, death. of penalty the under earth on or any other place on earth no unholiness, of whatever name or form, that does not exist in defiance of His express will. His revealed will and It must be conceded, therefore, that it is immediately, and cease must unholiness this all that commandment there

is

purer eyes be replaced directly by what is holy and good. He is of iniquity. behold than to man's duty to reIt must be equally conceded that it is every

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van maandag 1 januari 1900

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 704 Pagina's

The work of the Holy Spirit - pagina 475

Bekijk de hele uitgave van maandag 1 januari 1900

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 704 Pagina's

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