Ephesians 3:16 MEV
that He would give you, according to the riches of His glory, power to be strengthened by His Spirit in the inner man,
If the law of Christ is written in our hearts, and the love of Christ is shed abroad there, then Christ dwells there. Where his Spirit dwells, there he dwells.
We should desire that good affections may be fixed in us. And how desirable it is to have a fixed sense of the love of God in Christ to our souls!
We must lay up God’s commandments safely. Not only, Keep them, and you shall live; but, Keep them as those that cannot live without them. Those that blame strict and careful walking as needless and too precise, consider not that the law is to be kept as the apple of the eye; indeed the law in the heart is the eye of the soul.
Let the word of God dwell in us, and so be written where it will be always at hand to be read. Thus we shall be kept from the fatal effects of our own passions, and the snares of Satan.
Let God’s word confirm our dread of sin, and resolutions against it.
Wherever there is true faith, it will work; and affect both the heart and life.
Faith works by love; it shows itself in love to God, and love to our neighbour. And wherever there is a well-grounded hope of eternal life, this will appear by the exercise of patience; and it is a sign of sincerity when in all we do, we seek to approve ourselves to God.
By this we may know our election, if we not only speak of the things of God with our lips, but feel their power in our hearts, mortifying our lusts, weaning us from the world, and raising us up to heavenly things.
Unless the Spirit of God comes with the word of God, it will be to us a dead letter. Thus be entertained by the power of the Holy Ghost. Be fully convinced of the truth of it, so as not to be shaken in mind by objections and doubts; and being willing to leave all for Christ, and to venture your souls and everlasting condition upon the truth of the gospel revelation.
Where there is the truth of grace, there will be an increase in it. The path of the just is as the shining light, which shines more and more unto the perfect day. And where there is the increase of grace, God must have all the glory.
Where faith grows, love will abound, for faith works by love. It shows faith and patience, such as may be proposed as a pattern for others, when trials from God, and persecutions from men, quicken the exercise of those graces; for the patience and faith of which the apostle gloried, bore them up, and enabled them to endure all their tribulations.
When we hear of the apostasy of many, it is a great comfort and joy, that there is a remnant according to the election of grace, which does and shall persevere; especially we should rejoice if we have reason to hope that we are of that number. The preservation of the saints is because God loved them with an everlasting love, from the beginning of the world. The end and the means must not be separated.
Faith and holiness must be joined together as well as holiness and happiness. The outward call of God is by the gospel, and this is rendered effectual by the inward working of the Spirit. The belief of the truth brings the sinner to rely on Christ, and so to love and obey him; it is sealed by the Holy Spirit upon his heart. We have no certain proof of anything having been delivered by the apostles, more than what we find contained in the Holy Scriptures. Let us then stand fast in the doctrines taught by the apostles, and reject all additions, and vain traditions.
Remember, these messages are given by a humble servant obedient unto Yeshua as His instrument. Do not yield your members to sin as instruments of unrighteousness, but yield yourselves to God, as those who are alive from the dead, and your bodies to God as instruments of righteousness.
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