By William Burt Pope
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This is the third of three volumes written in 1889
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5:18; 3 Phil. 4:13. 5. Hence this perfection needs constantly the mediatorial work of Christ: it demands His constant influence to preserve as a state what is imparted as a gift. The mediatory intercession is never so urgently needed as for those who have so priceless a treasure in earthen vessels: the higher the grace and the more finished the sanctity, the more alien it is from the surrounding world, the more hateful to the tempter, and the more grace does it require for its guard. 1 1 John 17:15.
Who therefore is the perfect man? " This wavering language, holding fast the doctrine of Scriptural Perfection and yet shrinking from the full statement of it, may in Clement, Irenaeus, and others, be fairly ascribed to a certain failure of their faith in their own principles. The Gnostics claimed to be the spiritual and perfect, as being redeemed from the bondage of matter and the flesh. The answer to them should have been that believers are, or may be, sanctified in the flesh as well as from the flesh.
In the hope of that last teteleseai all Christians unite: when HOLINESS TO THE LORD1 shall be the eternal law of the glorified man in his integrity. In this life, the body is dead became of sin:2 it not only perisheth itself, but, in the language of the Apocryphal Wisdom, the corruptible body presseth down the soul, and the earthly tabernacle weigheth down the mind that museth upon many things. Christian perfection is the estate of a spirit every whit whole, but still in a body the infirmity of which is the main part of its probation.