Holiness (The True Christian)
"You ought to live holy and godly lives" (2 Peter 3:11).
Holiness is a very comprehensive word, and expresses a state of mind and conduct that includes many things.
Holiness is the work of the Holy Spirit in our sanctification.
Holiness is the fruit of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Holiness is the operation of the new nature, which we receive in regeneration.
Holiness may be viewed in various aspects, according to the different objects to which it relates.
Toward God, holiness is:
delight in His moral character;
submission to His commands;
zeal for His cause;
seeking of His glory.
Toward Christ, holiness is:
a conformity to His example,
imbibing His spirit.
Toward man, holiness is:
Toward sin, holiness is a hatred of all iniquity,
a tender conscience easily wounded by little sins,
and scrupulously avoiding them; together with a laborious, painful, self-denying, mortification of
all the known corruptions of our heart.
Toward self, holiness is:
the control of our fleshly appetites;
the eradication of our pride;
the mortification of our selfishness.
Toward divine things in general, holiness is:
spirituality of mind,
the habitual current of godly thought,
godly affections flowing through the soul.
And, toward the objects of the unseen world:
holiness is heavenly-mindedness, a turning away
from things seen and temporal, to things unseen
Oh, what a word is holiness! How much does it comprehend! How little is it understood, and how much less is it practiced!
~J. A. James~
The Illuminated Bible?
You may read the Bible continuously and yet never learn anything by it, unless it is "illuminated" by the Holy Spirit.
Then the words shine forth like stars. Then the book seems made of gold leaf; every single letter glitters like a diamond.
Oh! it is a blessed thing to read as "illuminated" Bible lit up by the radiance of the Holy Spirit.
Have you read the Bible, and yet have your eyes been unenlightened? Go and say, "O Lord, illuminate it; shine upon it; for I cannot read it to profit, unless You enlighten me."
Blind men may read the Bible with their fingers, but blind souls cannot.
We need a light to read the Bible by; there is no reading it in the dark.
“Meekness is often confused with lowliness or humility, but they are by no means identical.
Humility is the opposite of pride and self-sufficiency, whereas meekness is the opposite of stubbornness and self will.
Meekness is pliability and is the fruit of a broken heart. Meekness is the opposite of being determined to have my own way; it is an attitude of yieldedness—desiring God to work his will in and through me. Where there is true meekness (which the world, in its blindness, regards as weakness), its possessor approaches the Word with the desire to be moulded by its holy teachings, so that our characters may be formed thereby, and all our affairs, both temporal and eternal, be directed by its precepts.”