That wonderful medicine!

That wonderful medicine!(Letters of J. C. Philpot)

“who forgiveth all thine iniquities;
who healeth all thy diseases” Psalm 103:3

What a mass of . . .
  filth and folly,
  blindness and ignorance,
  deceit and hypocrisy,
  carnality, sensuality, and devilism are we!

Prone to all that is bad, utterly averse to all
that is good–bent upon sin–hating holiness,
heavenly-mindedness, and spirituality–what
earthly wretches, guilty monsters, abominable
creature are we!

And if our minds are sometimes drawn upwards
in faith and affection, and we pant after the living
God–how soon, how almost instantly, do we drop
down again into our earthly self, whence we are
utterly unable to rise until the Blessed Spirit lifts
us out again! What fits of unbelief, shakings of
infidelity, fevers of lust, agues of carelessness,
consumptions of faith, hope, love and zeal; yes,
what a host of diseases dwell in our poor soul!

But they all admit of a twofold cure–that wonderful
 which John saw run from the wounded side
of the Redeemer–blood and water; the one to heal,
the other to wash; the one to atone, the other to
cleanse; justification by blood, and sanctification
by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the
Holy Spirit.

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