Guide to the Savior.
or Conditions of Attaining to and Abiding in Entire Holiness of Heart and Life.
by Prof. C.G. Finney.
Third Edition Oberlin:
JAMES M. FITCH.
In this 6 chapter book, Finney (Deeper Life) examines holiness and Christ within us.
Chapter I. CONDITIONS OF ATTAINING TO HOLINESS.
Holiness not attained by waiting God’s time. Not by works of law. Not by direct efforts to feel right. Not by any efforts to obtain grace by works of law. Not by copying the experience of others. Not by waiting to make preparations. Not by attending meetings, &c. Not by waiting for any particular views of Christ. Not in any way which you may mark out for yourself. Not in any manner, time, or place upon which you may lay stress. It is to be attained by faith alone. Sanctification by faith not opposed to sanctification by the Holy Spirit.
CHAPTER II CONDITIONS OF ATTAINING TO HOLINESS, CONTINUED.
Necessity of considering the temptations that overcome us. What is implied in ability to be holy. In order to attain to holiness, we need to know Christ as our King. As our Mediator. As our Advocate. As our Redeemer. As our Justification. As our Judge. As the Repairer of the Breach. As the Propitiation for our sins. As the surety of a better than the first covenant. As dying for our sins. As risen for our Justification. As bearing our griefs and carrying our sorrows. As He by whose stripes we are healed. As being made sin for us. That He was made sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. As He upon whose shoulders is the government of the world. As Head over all things to the church. As having all power in heaven and on earth. As the Prince of Peace. As the Captain of salvation. As our Passover. As our Wisdom. As the Redemption of the soul. As our Prophet. As our High Priest.
CHAPTER III. CONDITIONS OF ATTAINING TO HOLINESS, CONTINUED.
In order to attain to holiness, we need to have Christ revealed to us as the Bread of Life. As the Fountain of the Water of Life. As the True God and the Eternal Life. As our Life. As the All in All. As the Resurrection and the Life. As the Bridegroom of the soul.
CHAPTER IV CONDITIONS OF ATTAINING TO HOLINESS, CONTINUED.
In order to attain to holiness, we need to have Christ revealed to us as the Shepherd. As the Door. As the Way of Salvation. As the Truth. As the True Light.
CHAPTER V. CONDITIONS OF ATTAINING TO HOLINESS, CONTINUED.
In order to attain to holiness, we need to have Christ revealed to us as “Christ within us.” As our Strength. As our Keeper. As our Friend. As our Elder Brother. As the True Vine. As the Fountain opened in the house of David. As Jesus the Savior. As one whose blood cleanseth from all sin. As the “Wonderful. “As the “Counselor.” As the Mighty God.
CHAPTER VI. CONDITIONS OF ATTAINING TO HOLINESS, CONTINUED.
In order to attain to holiness we need to have Christ revealed to us as our Shield. As the Portion of his people. As our Hope. As our Salvation. As the Rock of our Salvation. As a Rock cleft. As a Rock Higher than we. As the Rock from which the soul is satisfied with honey. As the Rock upon which the church is builded. As the Strength of our heart. As He through whom we may reckon ourselves dead unto sin, and alive unto God.
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This little volume contains six lectures, making a part of my course of lectures on entire sanctification in this life, as published in the third volume of my Systematic Theology. I have been repeatedly urged to consent to the publication of these lectures in a small volume by themselves, for the following reasons:
1. Their value to many Christians who can not afford to purchase the entire work on Systematic Theology.
2. Their value to those who, though able to purchase the entire work, have not sufficient leisure to read it.
3. Their value to young Christians and to all that class of persons who would not be able to read and comprehend the larger work entire.
4. They are thought to contain that spiritual food which is greatly needed by all classes of Christians, and should, therefore, as far as possible, be put within the reach of all, and in a form and size the least expensive and most convenient.
Let it be borne in mind that these six lectures are confined to a presentation of the conditions of abiding holiness of heart and life. They are designed, not to define entire sanctification, not to prove its attainability–nor that it has been attained, but simply to indicate the necessary conditions or means of continuing in obedience to God. Those who would understand my views of the whole subject, must read and ponder well the entire course of lectures upon the subject, as found in the third volume to the first edition of my Systematic Theology.
The full scope and bearing of these six lectures will not be so fully seen, separated from the entire course, but it is thought that by themselves they contain sufficient spiritual instruction to warrant and demand a separate publication.
I might, as is indicated in the lectures themselves, greatly enlarge every head, and swell this to a large volume. But, first, I have not time to do so. Secondly, the volume would then be too large for multitudes of purchasers and readers. Thirdly, on many of the relations of Christ to believers, I greatly desire to enlarge, but upon the whole, I will consent to have the lectures presented as they are found in the original work.
To Christ and his dear children I consecrate these lectures. If any one shall be refreshed by their perusal, I shall be happy to give all the glory to Christ, and be content myself with the satisfaction of having been made instrumental in feeding the “flock of God which he has purchased with his own blood.”
|Date:||April 18, 2019|
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