Bible Passage:John 17:17b
Thy Word is Truth.
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You wish to know for a certainty and infallibly what true and real holiness is, that you may be able to distinguish it from all others; then look at the Word only, and do not permit yourself to be deceived by any false show. For the Word is a true touchstone whereby real holiness is distinguished and discovered: more than that, the Word itself is that alone which truly sanctifies. Whatever is not the Word, or to be proved by the Word, is not holiness, but falsity, profanity, frivolity, and a thing of no substance. We are to hear the Word from the mouth of Christ only. The one that hears and believes His Word has rightly the truth of God which sanctifies, without any hypocritical show. For if you believe His Word, then you can hold fast no hope or confidence in your own reason and wisdom, nor in your own strength and works. Unfeigned humility always follows where there is unfeigned faith. And true patience and love for the brethren always follow upon true humility. You will know the tree by its fruits, and also who they are who have and hold the Word of Christ. True holiness is nothing else but a true faith in the Word of Christ, which the Father first freely gives, from which all kinds of good fruits proceed. We openly and freely confess before the whole world, and in the face of all devils and sects, that there is no life, no good works, no spiritual and sublime thoughts, nor any self-forced devotion that can make men saints. In a word, there is nothing in us from which holiness can proceed.
Oh, for a faith that will not shrink,
Though pressed by many a foe;
That will not tremble on the brink
Of poverty or woe.
aka Pastor Robin Fish
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