Inbred Sin

George Asbury McLaughlin

Postscript: How To Attain To This Grace

We have striven hitherto to avoid, as much as possible, all technical and theological terms. Suffice it to say, we have been treating in this book of the negative side of entire sanctification; namely, the destruction of inbred sin. When God has accomplished that by a stroke of Almighty power, and the heart has been made clean and pure, then He fills it with His fulness. This latter is the positive side of entire sanctification. This is what Paul exhorted the Ephesian Church to obtain. He says: "Be filled with the Spirit." The only reason that God does not fill all Christians is, that inbred sin has not been all cast out. Entire sanctification then is the fulness of God dwelling in a pure heart. It remains only now to inquire on what terms God does this work. The way to this full salvation consists of a single step, and a step to that single step.

A step to the step of faith; or, in other words, we must put ourselves on believing ground, and then take the step of faith. When property is for sale, it would be folly for us to believe it was our property unless we had paid the price. It is folly to trust God for a clean heart unless we are willing to let Him have His way in all respects with us. "To be, or not to be; to do, or not to do; to have, or not to have; to suffer, or not to suffer." In all things to say, "Thy will be done," regardless of people or circumstances. When we get there -- when our will is wholly swallowed up in the will of God, then the step of faith will be as natural and as easy as to breathe; then we can easily trust God for an entirely sanctified heart. "Faithful is He that hath called you, who also will do it."

To recapitulate, then:

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