Wednesday, April 03, 2024

Wilberforce: no shortcuts

Thursday, April 4, 2024
    Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
    —Hebrews 6:1-2 (KJV)
    We need to warn [secretly self-complacent] persons that there is no shortcut to holiness. It must be the business of their whole lives to grow in grace and continually to add one virtue to another. It is, as far as possible, “to go on to perfection.”
    ... William Wilberforce (1759-1833), Real Christianity, ed. James Houston, Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook, 2005, p. 170 (see the book)
    See also Heb. 6:1-2; Ps. 84:7; John 6:27; 1 Cor. 15:58; 2 Cor. 13:11; Gal. 5:22-23; Phil. 2:14-16; 4:8; Col. 3:16; 1 Thess. 3:13; 4:1,7; 1 Tim. 6:11; Heb. 12:10,14; 1 Pet. 1:14-16; 2 Pet. 1:5-8; 3:14; 1 John 3:7
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, strengthen me to grow according to Your will.
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