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Abiding in the Doctrine of Christ

Discussion in 'Baptist Theology & Bible Study' started by KenH, Nov 29, 2022.

  1. KenH

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    If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed. - John 8:31.

    So also there is a mutual inhabitation; every believer dwells in Christ, and Christ in him. This matter is only comfortably experienced by continuing in the truth. For "whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God; he that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son."—2 John 1:9.

    Many profess to be disciples of Jesus in name. But what profit is this? If souls have not been sick of sin, alas, Jesus will be a physician of no value to them. If souls have not seen themselves lost, their state accursed, and their case hopeless and desperate, so that none but Jesus can restore and save them, they will but lightly esteem our Saviour. However precious Jesus is to others, he will be but little regarded by them. They may profess his word, but not being his disciples indeed, they will not continue long; they will only follow him for a season. Ah, poor souls, how soon are they offended? Little things put them to a stand. Trifles turn them back. Temptations and trials prove what they are. Other objects engage their affections, and they presently fall quite away, and follow the Lamb no more.

    Continuance in the truth is the touchstone of faith: thus only is it evidenced.

    - excerpt from William Mason's A Spiritual Treasury for the Children of God, Volume 1, January 19
     
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