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Holiness; 3. Holiness (Practical) part 2b; JC Ryle

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

In the next page and a half before he gets to the third and final point of this chpater, the Bishop asks a series of questions and words by way of applying what he has been writing. [I am finding that he is quoting much from John Owens, that great divine, Dean of Christ Church.]

(1) – Are you holy? Do you know anything of the holiness of which I have been speaking?
– Are you holy, or are you not?
– Are you yourself holy this very day, or are you not?

Seven times in 100 lines or about 1000 words he places the Scripture text, “Without holiness no man shall see the Lord” (Heb 12:14) in the writing. He’s trying to get a point across. And he says about this text, “Surely it is a text that ought to make us consider our ways. And search our hearts. Surely it should raise within us solemn thoughts, and send is to prayer.”

“Christ’s true servants always were unlike the world around them – a seperate nation, a peculiar people;”

“That which costs nothing is woth nothing.”

(2) – Do you think you feel the importance of holiness as much as you should?

He shares his heart when the Bishop writes, “I wish sanctification was more thought of this day than it seems to be.”

He quotes Rutherford, saying, “the way that crieth down duties and sanctification, is not the way of grace. Believing and doing are blood-friends.”

He closes ‘point #2’ quoting Owens again, “oh where is the spirit of him, who by the cross of Christ was crucified to the world, and the world to him!”

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