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The Spirit of Christ

 

"Thus Satan instilled the exaltation of self into man—even his own ambition to be equal with God. Thus it was the selfish desire to be equal with God that induced sin in man on the earth. And thus into mankind was instilled the mind of Satan, —that same mind which thought that to be equal with God was a thing to be seized upon, and eagerly retained, —that same mind which meditated a usurpation to be equal with God, —that same mind which puts self in the place of God."  -- A. T. Jones

Conversion and Translation

Deliver­ance and victory are not gained by having the human nature taken away; but by receiving the divine natureto subdue and have dominion over the human, —not by the taking away of the sinful flesh, but by the sending in of the sinless Spiritto conquer and condemn sin in the flesh.  Alonzo T. Jones

That Prayer of Ours

That word is ours just now. God has given it to us just now. It is certainly true, then, that “the hour is come” that he should glorify us. So far, then, each one of us can sincerely and truly pray this prayer, every word: “Father, the hour is come; glorify thy son.”

Alonzo T. Jones

For Our Sake Also

The last clause of the seventeenth verse is worthy of special attention. It contains the secret of the possibility of our success in the Christian life. It says that Abraham believed “God, who quickens the dead, and calls those things which be not as though they were.” This marks God’s power; it involves creative power."  Ellet J. Waggoner

The All-Sufficient Life

"But to be forgiven is to be made righteous. Forgiveness is not an imaginary thing, but is real. If I forgive a fellow man, it makes no difference in him; the effect is only upon him. But when God forgives us, He continues the same, but the forgiveness effects a change in us. It takes away the sin. But when sin is taken away, righteousness must take its place. A new life—the righteous life of Christ—is given in place of the old life of sin."  Ellet J. Waggoner

Believing Unto Righteousness

"When God calls a man a sinner, he is a sinner; and when He calls a man righteous, he is righteous in reality, as much so as if he had never sinned. There is no virtue in mere intellectual assent. God never declares a person righteous simply because he makes an acknowledgment of the truth. And there is an actual, literal change from the state of sin to righteousness, which justifies God in making the declaration."  Ellet J. Waggoner

The Fruits of Righteousness

"The statement is that whoever abides in Christ brings forth much fruit; while separate from Him we can do nothing. Doing nothing is made equivalent to not bearing fruit. So then bearing fruit in the vine is identical with doing something. There is nothing more passive than the bearing of fruit; and yet there is nothing in which more intense activity is shown than in a fruitful vine or tree. The tree can do nothing to make itself bear fruit, yet the bearing of fruit is a period of activity."  Ellet J. Waggoner

The Obedience of Faith

"The great characteristic of faith is, that it works. We do not mean that works are attached to it, but works come from it. “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (James 2:26). Faith “works by love,” says Paul. There may be that which is called faith, but if no works come from it, it is not faith."  Ellet J. Waggoner

Jesus Christ the Righteous

"God does not propose to try to bring goodness out of evil, and He never will call evil good. What He proposes to do is to create a new heart in man, so that good can come from it. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained, that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:10)."  Ellet J. Waggoner

Different Kinds of Righteousness

"The Bible recognizes two classes of righteousness. In his sermon on the mount, Christ said to his disciples, and to the multitude, “For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:20)."  Ellet J. Waggoner

Justification and Sanctification

We are to understand that whenever we accept Christ, his righteousness is set to our account. Thus “the righteousness of God” is manifested in our past lives, even though we ourselves have never done a single act of righteousness. So we have the wonder of perfect obedience to the law, without a single righteous act on our part. The righteousness of God without the law—Christ’s righteousness imputed to us. Ellet J. Waggoner