Foote, Julia A.J.
|Love not the World.|
"If and man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him." John ii. 15. The spirit which is in the world is widely different from the Spirit which is of God; yet many vainly imagine they can unite the two. But as we read in Luke x. 26, so it is between the spirit of the world and the Spirit which is of God. There is a great gulf fixed between them-- a gulf which cuts off all union and intercourse; and this gulf will eternally prevent the least degree of fellowship in spirit.
If we be of God and have the love of the Father in our hearts, we are not of the world, because whatsoever is of the world is not of God. We must be one or the other. We can not unite heaven and hell-- light and darkness
As we look at the professing Christians of to-day, the question arises, Are they not all conformed to the maxims and fashions of this world, even many of those who profess to have been sanctified? But they say the transforming and renewing here spoken of means, as it says, the mind, not the clothing. But, if the mind be renewed, it must affect the clothing. It is by the Word of God we are to be judged, not by our opinion of the Word; hence, to the law and the testimony. In a like manner the Word also says: "That women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety, not with bordered hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array, but which becometh a woman professing godliness, with good works." 1 Tim. ii.9, 10; 1 Pet. iii. 3-5. I might quote many passages to the same effect,
Dear Christians, is not the low state of pure religion among all the churches the result of this worldly-mindedness? There is much outward show; and doth not this outward show portend the sore judgments of God to be executed upon the ministers and members? Malachi ii.7, says: "The priest's lips should keep knowledge," etc. But it is a lamentable fact that too many priests' lips speak vanity. Many profess to teach, but few are able to feed the lambs, while the sheep are dying for lack of nourishment and the true knowledge of salvation.
The priests' office being to stand between God and the people, they ought to know the mind of God toward his people-- what the acceptable and perfect will of God is. Under the law, it was required that the priests should be without blemish-- having the whole of the inward and outward as complete, uniform and consistent as it was possible to be under that dispensation; thereby showing the great purity that is required by God in all those who approach near unto him. "Speak unto Aaron and his sons that they separate themselves," etc. The Lord here gives a charge to
Man may fill his office in the church outwardly, and God may in much mercy draw nigh to the people when devoutly assembled to worship him; but. if the Minister has not had previous recourse to the fountain which is opened for sin and uncleanness, and felt the sanctifying and renewing influences of the Holy Ghost, he will feel himself shut out from these divine communications. Oh, that God may baptize the ministry and church with the Holy Ghost and with fire.
By the baptism of fire the church must be purged from its dead forms and notions respecting the in being of sin in all believers till death. The Master said: "Now ye are clear through the word which I have spoken unto you; abide in me," etc. Oh! blessed union. Christian, God wants to establish your heart unblamable in holiness. 1 Thess. i. 13; iv.7; Heb. xii. 14; Rom. vi.19. Will you let him do it, by putting away all filthiness of the flesh as well as of the spirit? "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God?" etc. 1 Cor. iii. 16,
Do not misunderstand me. I am not teaching absolute perfection, for that belongs to God alone. Nor do I mean a state of angelic or Adamic perfection, but Christian perfection-- an extinction of every temper contrary to love.
"Now, the God of peace sanctify you wholly--your whole spirit, soul and body. 2 Thess. v. 23. Glory to the blood!" "Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it." Paul says: He is able to do exceeding abundantly, above all that we ask or think. Eph. iii. 20.
Beloved reader, remember that you cannot commit sin and be a Christian, for "He that committeth sin is of the devil!". If you are regenerated, sin does not reign in your mortal body but if you are sanctified, sin does not exist in you. The sole ground of our perfect peace from all the carnal mind is by the blood of Jesus, for he is our peace, whom God hath set forth to be a propiation, through faith in his blood. "By whom also we have access by faith into this grace where in we stand"--having
Let the blood be the sentinel, keeping the tempter without, that you may have constant peace within; for Satan cannot swim in still, waters. Isa. xxx. 7.