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Sovereign Grace Church - No inherent, no progressive holiness! - by Robert Hawker

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Dec 24, 2017
Preacher: Robert Hawker
Passage: 2 Timothy 2:1

No inherent, no progressive holiness!

Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus

(2 TIMOTHY 2:1)

[Beloved], Paul calls upon Timothy to be strong in grace. What grace? Not the grace in him, and which by regeneration he had received. But the grace that is in Christ Jesus. A very precious distinction. The grace that is in me, given by the Lord, is from the Lord, and depends, both for continuance, and to be kept alive, wholly upon the unceasing supplies issuing from Jesus; similar to those streams which are only kept running, as long as the fountain sends forth, to their continuance. If this was well observed, and well understood, we should learn a most important truth, for daily use. There is no living upon past attainments. The grace I had from Christ the first day, I need every day, and to the last day. My spiritual strength, is in Christ: not in what I feel, nor in what I have; but wholly in Him. And this life is kept up, in the constant receiving of fresh communications from Him, and living to Him, and living upon Him. This is to be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. There is no other strength. No inherent, no progressive holiness! [Amen!]

From Robert Hawker’s “Poor Man's Commentary”

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