Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Daily dose of Finney

The command in the text, "Be ye perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect," is given under the gospel. Christ here commands the very same thing that the law requires. Some suppose that much less is required of us under the gospel, than was required under the law. It is true that the gospel does not require perfection, as the condition of salvation. But no part of the obligation of the law is discharged. The gospel holds those who are under it to the same holiness as those under the law.—Charles Finney

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Mind you, he believed it was only possible through the power of the Holy Spirit. And he certainly wasn't a legalist. He felt that the Holy Spirit would so fill us with love for God that the natural outflow would be love. Love as the fulfilling of the law...we could use more of that, couldn't we.
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