1Th 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1Th 5:24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
Many years since I saw that "without
holiness no man shall see the Lord." I began by following after it and
inciting all with whom I had communication to do the same.
after, God gave me a clearer view than I ever had before of the way to
obtain it; namely, by faith in the Son of God.
And immediately I
declared to all, "We are saved from sin, we are made holy by faith."
This I testified in private, in public, and in print, and God confirmed
it by a thousand witnesses.
I have continued to declare this for above
thirty years, and God has continued to confirm my work.
~John Wesley in
I knew Jesus, and He was very precious to my
soul; but I found something in me that would not keep sweet and patient
I did what I could to keep it down, but it was there.
besought Jesus to do something for me, and, when I gave Him my will, He
came to my heart, and took out all that would not be sweet, all that
would not be kind, all that would not be patient, and then HE shut the
My whole heart has not one single
grain, this moment, of thirst after approbation. I feel alone with God;
He fills the void; I have not one wish, one will, one desire, but in
Him; He hath set my feet in a large room.
I have wondered and stood
amazed that God should make a conquest of all within me by love.
All at once I felt as though a hand...not
feeble, but omnipotent; not of wrath, but of love-was laid on my brow.
felt it not outwardly but inwardly. It seemed to press upon my whole
being, and to diffuse all through me a holy, sin-consuming energy.
passed downward, my heart as well as my head was conscious of the
presence of this soul-cleansing energy, under the influence of which I
fell to the floor, and in the joyful surprise of the moment, cried out
in a loud voice.
Still the hand of power wrought without and within; and
wherever it moved, it seemed to leave the glorious influence of the
For a few minutes the deep ocean of God's love
swallowed me up; all its waves and billows rolled over me.
Holiness...as I then wrote down some of my
contemplations on it-appeared to me to be of a sweet, calm, pleasant,
charming, serene nature, which brought an inexpressible purity, brightness, peacefulness, ravishment to the soul;
In other words, that
it made the soul like a field or garden of God, with all manner of
pleasant fruits and flowers, all delightful and undisturbed, enjoying a
sweet calm and the gentle living beams of the sun.
Love's resistless current sweeping All the regions deep within; Thought and wish and senses keeping Now, and every instant clean:
Full salvation! Full salvation! From the guilt and power of sin.