HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.” (1 John 3:6).
In sanctification what becomes of the old nature? Many people are somewhat unduly concerned to know if it can be killed outright and seem to desire a sort of certificate of its death and burial.
It is enough to know that it is without and Christ is within. It may show itself again, and even knock at the door and plead for admittance, but it is forever outside while we abide in Him.
Should we step out of Him and into sin we might find the old corpse in the ghastly cemetery, and its foul aroma might yet revive and embrace us once more. But he that abideth in Him sinneth not and cannot sin while he so abides.
Therefore let us abide and let us not be anxious to escape the hold of eternal vigilance and ceaseless abiding. Our paths are made and the strength to pursue them; let us walk in them.
God has provided for us full sanctification. Is it strange that He should demand it of us, and require us to be holy, even as He is holy, seeing He has given us His own holiness? So let us put on our beautiful garments and prepare to walk in white with Him.
This is not a dressed down campaign or fashion show where the test of expensive garments is paraded across the aisles of the church. It is not to show off the prize tags as to the most expensive in the audience. To me, that is vainglory. Anything that takes the place of Christ is an idol, therefore, come back to sanctification and let God do the work from outside and into the soul of man. You need to keep the inward appearance dressed in the cherished garments so it reflects on the outside that men and women will see the light in you the hope of glory and worship the Father. God bless us.