O miserable man, what a deformed monster has sin made you! God made you little lower than the angels; sin has made you little better than the devils
Christ does not control his subjects by force, but is King of a willing people. They are, through His grace, freely devoted to His service.
Woe unto thee if after all thy profession thou shouldst be found under the power of ignorance, lost in formality, drowned in earthly-mindedness, envenomed with malice, exalted in an opinion of thine own righteousness, leavened with hypocrisy and carnal ends in God's service.
...with the true convert, holiness is woven into all his powers, principles, and practice.
A man may as well hew marble without tools, or paint without colors or instruments, or build without materials, as perform any acceptable service without the graces of the Spirit, which are both the materials and instruments in the work.
A man may as certainly miscarry by his seeming righteousness and supposed graces, as by gross sins; and that is, when a man doth trust in these as his righteousness before God, for the satisfying His justice, appeasing His wrath, procuring His favor, and obtaining his own pardon.
...whatever... you pretend... if any of you be a prayerless person, or a scoffer, or a lover of evil company (Proverbs 13:20),in a word, if you are not a holy, strict, and self-denying Christian, you cannot be saved. (Hebrews 12:14; Matthew 15:14).
There is no surer evidence of an unconverted state than to have the things of the world uppermost in our aim, love, and estimation.
If thy hope be any thing worth, it will purify thee from thy sins.
Though sin may be in the Christian, yet it hath no more dominion over him; he hath an unfeigned respect to all God's commandments, making conscience even of little sins and little duties.
Converting grace puts God on the throne, and the world at His footstool; Christ in the heart, and the world under Hisfeet.