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You Can be an Overcomer

The Scriptures plainly show that the work of sanctification is progressive. When in conversion the sinner finds peace with God through the blood of the atonement, the Christian life has but just begun. Now he is to “go on unto perfection,” to grow up “unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” Says the apostle Paul: “This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high call- ing of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13, 14. And Peter sets before us the steps by which Bible sanctification is to be attained: “Giving all dili- gence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowl- edge; and to knowledge temperance; and to tem- perance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kind- ness charity . . If ye do these things, ye shall never fall.” 2 Peter 1:5-7, 10.

Those who experience the sanctification of the Bible will manifest a spirit of humility. Like Moses, they have had a view of the awful majesty of holiness and they see their own unworthiness, in contrast with the purity and exalted perfection of the Infinite One.

The prophet Daniel was an example of true sanctification. His long life was filled up with noble service for his Master. He was a man “greatly be- loved” (Daniel 10:11) of Heaven. Yet instead of claim- ing to be pure and holy, this honored prophet iden- tified himself with the really sinful of Israel, as he pleaded before God in behalf of his people: “We do not present our supplications before Thee for our

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