Handley C.G. Moule (1841-1920), and evangelical Anglican, succeeded Brooke Foss Westcott as the bishop of Durham. I have read many small books on sanctification and holiness and have even thrown many away. This, however, is the best thing I’ve read in a long time. Why does it seem that the older writers have a way of hitting the nail on the head? Moule takes the reader through the book in a logical order. There are limit to surrender, mainly being the sinful nature which we all carry with us. Then there is self-denial which is to ignore one’s self and take up a cros. Jesus must be seen as absolute Master and Potentate but also becomes a Friend, and a Friend Who converses with His slave. There is a difference between motive (such as being bought with a price) and means (such as prayer and Bible study) but both are available and necessary. The bottem line is surrender. He is the King and we are slaves. Without that starting point there is nothing. Powerful little book.
- The Greater Virtues — It is the selfish part of our human nature to place our energies on the showy but lesser virtues rather than upon the more difficult and greater virtues. Jesus said, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the [...]
- Our Sanctification, Part 2, A Reset — In part 1 we explored the subject of sanctification in its various aspects including the failures of legalism and license. We also asked the questions, Why do we have to continually fight against sin? How is the power of sin removed from us? Do we ever get to a place where we have victory over [...]
- We Who Are Friends — In a study of walking with God we have seen that Jesus Christ must be the only Lord and Master and that we submit ourselves to Him being mere slaves. This relationship is accepted at the very beginning as the humble repentance of our sins casts us completely at His feet for mercy and forgiveness. [...]
- We Who Are Slaves — Jesus said, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23). To deny oneself in today’s culture might simply mean to practice a little self-control, perhaps to eat a little less, or to be more diligent with one’s personal devotions. But this [...]
- God Who Is Our Master — It is overwhelming for the human mind to try to contemplate God. “For who hath known the mind of the Lord? Or who hath been his counselor?” (Rom. 11:34). “Shall any teach God knowledge? Seeing he judgeth those that are high” (Job 21:22). Yet Solomon advised his son to seek the knowledge of God: My [...]