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THE CROSS AND CROWN OF

HOLINESS

BY

REV. WAYNE C. AMAN
 
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--Editor’s Note: even though this is only a 32 page book, we are only going to provide excerpts—
 

THE REALITY OF HOLINESS

“For I am the Lord your God, ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye

shall be holy: for I am holy.” <031144>Leviticus 11:44

“For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling

the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: how much more shall

the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without

spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve a living

God? And for this cause he is the mediator of a new testament.”

<580913>Hebrews 9:13-15 The writer of the Hebrew letter is reminding the

reader that the new covenant is a better covenant than the old, based on

the better promises. He also compares the ceremonial cleansing, which was

commanded, with the perfect cleansing by the blood of Jesus. He strongly

emphasizes that the reason of Christ’s mediation of a new covenant is to

purge your conscience, (That faculty by which person could regard

himself as free from guilt. W.E. Vine) from dead works to serve a living

God. God’s standard for man has in every dispensation been holiness of

heart and life. In the eternal plan, “God hath from the beginning chosen

you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit an belief of the truth.”

<530213>2 Thessalonians 2:13 We are not writing to argue against the opponents

of the doctrine of Holiness, for there are those who are willingly blinded

and fail to come unto the knowledge of the truth. I write to point the

wilderness wanderer to Canaan, the land of inheritance; to tell the thirsty

pilgrim of the Upper and Nether Springs. I write to encourage the believer

to go on into an experience that is real and satisfying; to the troubled soul

who is searching for a fullness of experience. We seek to proclaim that

there remaineth a rest for the people of God. We wish to point out to the

hungry of heart that Jesus Christ not only justifies freely, but sanctifies

wholly. We would proclaim with the Apostle, that “the law of the Spirit

of the life in Christ hath made us free from the law of sin and death.” We

would sing with the poet.

 “I can see far down the mountain,

Where I wandered weary years,

Often hindered in my journey

By the ghosts of doubts and fears.

Broken vows and disappointments,

Thickly sprinkled all the way.

But the spirit led unerring

To the land I hold today.”

—Anon.

There has been much error propagated concerning this definite second

work of grace. The first false doctrine from Satan in Eden was that one

could be right with God and sin in thought, word, and deed. The serpent

asks, “Hath God said thou shalt surely die?” God said, “The soul that

sinneth it shall die.” “He that committeth sin is of the devil.” One cannot

sin and be a Christian. Until that sin is forsaken and repented of, and by

faith he is born again, he is not a Christian. Another error which has made

shipwreck of the faith of multitudes, is that when one is born again he has

received Christ’s baptism with the Holy Ghost. These are two definite

experiences of divine grace, the latter subsequent to being justified by

faith.

The first work is repentance of and a remission of sins — Christ’s

baptism is consecration and cleansing from the sinful nature. The new

birth is for the unsaved — Christ’s baptism is for the Christian. The new

birth is being delivered out of Egypt — Christ’s baptism brings us into

Canaan. The new birth is deliverance from guilt — Christ’s baptism is

deliverance from sin. The new birth is justification to the sinner — Jesus’

fiery baptism is entire sanctification to the believer. The new birth is

betrothal — Christ’s baptism is marriage. The first baptism is the washing

of regeneration — the second is “the renewing of the Holy Ghost.” the

new birth begins what Christ’s baptism consummates. Both these

wonderful experiences are received wholly independent of outward

ordinances.

Jesus said “John truly baptized you with water, but ye shall

be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. Wait for the

promise of the Father, which ye have heard of me.” The promise of the

Father was that he would send a person to them; “the Comforter, which is

the Holy Ghost.” How much in error are those that propagate the doctrine

of “one work”. “Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?”

That Christ’s baptism was something more and beyond the experience of

being born again, and becoming a believer, is proven as Jesus stood on the

last day, the great day of one of the Jewish feasts and cried, “If any man

thirst let him come unto me and drink. He that believeth on me, as the

scriptures hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”

<430737>John 7:37-38 Then that the church may know in what experience such

living water would flow from the believer, the writer puts in a

parenthetical explanation, (“But this spake He of the Spirit, which they

that believe on him should receive, for the Holy Ghost was not yet given,

because that Jesus was not yet glorified.”) <430739>John 7:39

My dear reader, do

not be turned aside by false teachers. Rather listen to the words of one

that had shortly before received Christ’s baptism, “For the promise is

unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as

the Lord our God shall call.” <440239>Acts 2:39 This promise is yours; This

experience is for you. The false teachers tell the people that it is

impossible to live above sin and therefore we cannot live a life of holiness.

Such doctrine is not only false but damning. As we seek God’s will for our

life through the Word, the Holy Spirit teaches us that God not only

commands us to be holy but provides through the death of Jesus, by the

shedding of his blood and the offering of his body, a complete and

thorough cleansing that enables us “to serve him without fear in holiness

and righteousness before him all the days of our life.” Praise his Name! We

no longer need to live enslaved to carnal lusts, passion and habits of sin

with an inward warfare, but we may according to his oath be delivered out

of the hands of all our enemies.

 “There is therefore now no condemnation

to them that are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh but after the

spirit.” Let us thank God for the freedom of the soul which was purchased

at Calvary.

I am drinking at the fountain

Where I ever would abide.

For I’ve tasted life’s cool river,

And my soul is satisfied.

There’s no thirsting for life’s pleasures

Or adorning rich and gay.

For I’ve found a richer treasure

One that fadeth not away.

The Roman writer introduces the reader to the gospel that “is the power

of God unto salvation to all that believeth, and therein is the righteousness

of God revealed by faith.” He insists that man will go to a state of total

depravity, becoming reprobate, without the grace of God. Grace is not

gained or merited by law or works.

We are “justified by faith, and we have

peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom also we have

access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in the hope of

the glory of God.” <450501>Romans 5:1-2 Peter endorses this truth by stating

our hearts are purified by faith. <441509>Acts 15:9 The beloved John Wesley

testifies, “Many years since I saw without holiness no man shall see the

Lord, I began by following after it, and inciting all with whom I had any

intercourse to do the same. Ten years after, God gave me a clearer view

than I had before of the way how to attain 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, in print, and God confirmed it by a

thousand witnesses.” Vol. 7, p. 38 Wesley’s Works We find in all

references to sanctification our dictionaries proclaim that this is a work of

Divine cleansing of the moral pollution of the soul. One states, “to set

apart, to make free from sin: affections purified.” Another, “the act of

God’s grace by which the affections of man are purified, and the soul is

cleansed from sin and consecrated to God.” Another, “the act of

sanctification, or purifying from the dominion of sin.” Yet another, “the

gracious work of the Holy Spirit whereby the believer is freed from sin

and exalted to holiness of heart and life.”

Finally let us refer to the

American Encyclopedia, “Technically an operation of the Spirit of God on

those who are already in Jesus i.e. are united to him by faith, by which

they are rendered increasingly holy, dying to sin and living to God, to

righteousness, and to holiness.” Surely this should let those that hunger

and thirst after righteousness see that God’s grace has been abundantly

given, providing for their cleansing and filling. Let the hungry be fed. Let

the thirsty drink and be satisfied. Jesus cried, “If any man thirst let him

come unto me, and drink.

He that believeth on me, out of his belly shall

flow rivers of living water.” Dear reader, you may have his fullness! Some

have erred from the truth and would teach that there is no such grace

provided, but let God be true. “The oath which he sware unto our father

Abraham, that he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the

hands of our enemies might serve him without fear, in holiness and

righteousness before him, all the days of our life.” <420173>Luke 1:73-74
 

THE COMPLETENESS OF HOLINESS

Jesus’ ministry opened with the announcement from one who was

baptizing in the Jordan River, “Behold, the Lamb of God who taketh away

the sin of the world.” It was Jesus of whom John had spoken, “I indeed

baptize you with water unto repentance; but he that cometh after me is

mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear; he shall baptize you

with the Holy Ghost, and with fire! Whose fan is in his hand and he will

thoroughly purge his floor, and gather the wheat into the garner; but will

burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” <400311>Matthew 3:11-12 Jesus’

mission was greater than Johns. He was to administer a far greater

baptism, so much more complete and needful that John proclaimed, “I

have need to be baptized of you.” It was a destroying baptism; burn up

the chaff.

 It was a saving baptism; gather his wheat. It was a separating

baptism; separate the wheat from the chaff. It was a cleansing baptism;

thoroughly purge his floor. It was a keeping baptism; gather wheat into the

garner. Little wonder that John stated his need of such a baptism. Could

we desire less? In the baptism with the Holy Ghost there are things in the

heart of the regenerate that needs to be burned up. A destroying element of

fire must consume all chaff of carnal traits. All pride, selfishness, malice,

hatred, all that is not holy, or consistent with a Christlike life. The old man

must be destroyed, all carnality must be eradicated if we would live a life

of holiness. But Christ does a complete work, “He will thoroughly purge.”

Be not fearful; but allow the Baptizer to take you into death that you may

be raised with him and hear the Father witness, “this is my beloved Son in

whom I am well pleased.” When all is removed from the heart that is alien

to the nature of holiness, we have a witness of the Holy Ghost of our

sanctification. In such a state there will be a growth in love. There will

never come a period either in this life or in that to come, when there may

not be an increase in holy love. This is Christian perfection. This does not

bestow freedom from temptation, but freedom from sin; nor is it freedom

from spiritual warfare, but freedom from defeat. Holiness or Christian

perfection is required of all Christians, and if required it is our privilege to

obtain it.

It is God’s gift to his children, to be received by faith. One has

asked, “but what is complete Christian perfection?” If the inquirer is

anxious to know he will find the answer in the word of God. At one time

Jesus was asked, “Which is the great commandment of the law?” the

answer, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all

thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment,

and the second is like unto it: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On

these two commandments hang all the law and the Prophets.” All meaning

and teaching of the Old Testament, therefore hinge upon these two

commandments.

Love God, and love man. The writer of the Roman letter

confirms this by, “Love is the fulfilling of the law.” <451310>Romans 13:10b

Now all that God requires of us to be perfect in heart and perfect in action

is centered around a love unfeigned, which “love is shed abroad in our

hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” <450505>Romans 5:5 He who

loves aright fulfills the law, pleases God, and is in a lawful or Christian

sense perfect.

Love flowing from a pure heart, a conscience void of offense

and a complete faith is Christian perfection or Holiness. “Now the end of

the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience,

and of faith unfeigned.” <540105>1 Timothy 1:5 Jesus said, “A new

commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another.” This

commandment included all our moral obligation to each other, for true love

motivates action. “But whosoever keepeth his word, in him verily is the

love of God perfected.” <620205>1 John 2:5 “If we love one another, God

dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.” <620412>1 John 4:12 Christian

perfection, therefore, is nothing else than perfect love. Dear reader, the

Holy Ghost inspired the Apostle to tell us that the height of Christian

experience is love.

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels,

and have not charity (perfect love), I am become as a sounding brass or a

tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand

all mysteries and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could

remove mountains, and have not charity I am nothing. And though I

bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be

burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.” <461301>1 Corinthians

13:1-3

By this we know that nothing is profitable; nothing is of value without

this experience of Holiness (perfect love). Tongues, prophecies,

knowledge, being able to grasp the mysterious, or faith and works of

sacrifice means nothing to God without this love of God which is shed

abroad in our hearts by the incoming of the Holy Ghost. Oh! what

completeness, what fullness is ours through his Divine presence. Jesus the

baptizer, has done a complete and full work in the heart of the sanctified.

“In him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead, bodily, and ye are

complete in him.” <510209>Colossians 2:9-10 What glorious provision is ours.

What grace! “You that were some time alienated and enemies in your mind

by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh

through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in

his sight.” <510121>Colossians 1:21-22
 

THE WAY OF HOLINESS

The seeker may ask, “By what means is this experience received?” We

would answer, “By grace through faith.” Though it is the inheritance for

every child of God, we can never earn or merit it. The Holy Spirit is a gift.

He takes up his habitation in the cleansed temple, but Christ’s provisional

grace has cleansed us. It is appropriated to us by faith. Peter tells us that

the purpose and lasting effect of a personal Pentecost is to “purify the

heart by faith even as he did unto us.”

Faith is the open door through

which the Holy Spirit comes to abide. There is much misunderstanding

concerning faith. It involves trust in the grace of Christ’s work, but it

surely involves an obedient will. There must be a knowledge we are doing

the will of God. Faith is born in the heart when there is a concurrence of

the two wills: the human and the Divine. So we see there are some

conditions and requirements for our receiving this experience of entire

sanctification. We must have a conviction of strong desire for a clean heart

and mind.

 No one receives the Spirit’s baptism and anointing without a

fervent desire for his abiding presence. “Blessed are they that do hunger

and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled.” <400506>Matthew 5:6 Not

only must we have a conviction of want, but a conviction of need. We see

our depraved self. We abhor our condition. The soul will nearly despair

when the Spirit reveals the wretchedness of carnality. The voice is heard

emanating from the soul, “Woe is me, for I am undone.” Or as the Apostle

groaned, “oh wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body

of this death?” Oh, what need is ours! The enemy of the soul must be

bound and cast out. Unsanctified friend, you dare not take a passive

attitude or be overcome with despair. Look to Jesus! the author and

finisher of our faith.

Do not succumb to despondency. When the question

arises, “who shall deliver me from the body of this death,” look up and

say, “I thank God through Jesus Christ my Lord.” The one that realizes

his unholy condition in the light of God’s holiness will either turn back or

he will continue to cry out, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew

a right spirit within me.” You must now face your Gethsemane. Though

dark this way, you must follow your Christ. You will be faced with the

conditions of taking the narrow way, and the fact that you will be an

outcast of the world; you will be mocked, betrayed, falsely accused and

despised by some you love most. All must be committed to the Father.

Though persecuted, ill-treated, misunderstood you will gladly suffer that

you might do his will. Friends will forsake you. Jesus said we will be

hated by the world. With such prospects you whisper, “Jesus, I’ll go

through with thee.” The night will grow dark around you but keep seeking

for the Spirits help. He who will not go into Gethsemane and to the Cross

may not expect a Pentecost. He will never forsake the honest heart. Settle

it in your heart to take the narrow way with Jesus. The plans, the dreams,

the ambitions of the heart must be abandoned to the will of God.

Everything of life, the past, the present, and the future is lost in his divine

purpose. “Not as I will, but as thou wilt.” Our will is lost forever in the

will of God. “Ye are not your own: for ye are bought with a price.” You

must willingly give to God the sovereignty of all that you are and all that

you shall be. It is then settled in your heart, “Not my will, but thine be

done.”
 

THE CROSS OF HOLINESS

Let us not stop here. Oh, yes, you may receive some blessing; a

satisfaction of knowing you took your hands off and turned your will and

life to him. At times the Spirit will give to the seeker a “blessing of

encouragement.” lest they faint and fail to receive the Divine person in

sanctifying grace. Some take this blessing as the witness, but no, the

witness is more than a blessing, it is an assurance. Fail not to go through!

Do not come short of the glory of God. The cross must be a reality to us;

a personal crucifixion. We must die! Our old man is given to the death of

the cross.

The struggle for survival ceases. The conflict of wills has ended.

Wrestlings of the flesh are felt no longer. The faculties of the soul are

hushed, restful, expectant, the trusting soul whispers, “Father into thy

hands I commend my spirit.” Have you thus died? O, of a certainty it is an

act of faith in Christ’s provisional grace, but faith is real, faith is

substance. We must follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth, and he will

bring us to the place of crucifixion. “I am crucified with Christ — the

world is crucified unto me and I unto the world,” testifies Paul the

Apostle. Would you seek a life without the Cross, a resurrection without

death? It would be in vain.

Jesus, I my cross have taken

All to leave and follow thee

Naked, poor, despised, forsaken,

Thou from thence my all shall be.

Perish every fond ambition,

All I’ve sought and hoped, and known

Yet how rich is my condition,

God and heaven are still my own!

Let the world despise and leave me;

They have left my Savior, too

Human hearts and looks deceive me;

Thou are not like man untrue.

And while thou shalt smile upon me,

God of wisdom love and might

Foes may hate, and friends may shun me,

Show thy face and all is bright. —H. F. Lyte

“Know ye not, that as many of us were baptized into Jesus Christ

were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by

baptism into death — for if we have been planted together in the

likeness of his death, we shall also be in the likeness of his

resurrection.” <450603>Romans 6:3-5

An old Methodist altar song expressed it;

“I must be dead from day to day

Let me die; let me die!

Dead to the world and its applause,

To all the customs, fashions, laws,

Of those who hate the humbling Cross.

Let me die! Let me die!

“My friends may say I’ll ruined be,

If I die, if I die.

If I leave all to follow thee,

But I’ll die, but I’ll die,

Their arguments will never weigh

Nor stand the trying judgment day,

Help me to cast them all away.

Let me die! Let me die!

“Oh I must die to scoffs and sneers,

Let me die! Let me die!

I must be freed from slavish fears,

Let me die! Let me die!

So dead that no desire will rise,

To appear good, or great, or wise,

In any but my Savior’s eyes;

Let me die! Let me die!

“If Christ would live and reign in me,

I must die! I must die!

Like him I crucified must be,”

I must die! I must die!

Lord, drive the nails, nor heed the groans

My flesh may writhe and make its moans,

But this the way and this alone,

I must die! I must die!

Begin at once to drive the nail,

Let me die! Let me die!

O suffer not my heart to fail,

Let me die! Let me die!

Jesus, I look to thee for power,

To enable me to endure this hour

When crucified by sovereign power,

I shall die! But I shall live!” —Unknown

The obedient seeker must not only die but be in the likeness of his burial.

Put away, planted together with him. Hidden from earth in action, out of

sight awaiting by faith the dawn of resurrection. Oh! blessed hope. You

await the glorious dawning.

 He will not leave the soul in this state. You

have finished doing the will of God. “Cast therefore not away your

confidence, which hath great recompense of reward — He that shall come

will come, and shall not tarry.”

Believe it, await his coming; receive his

presence. Open the door he will come in and sup with you, “The Lord,

whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple.” <390301>Malachi 3:1 Jesus

said, “I will send him (the Holy Ghost) unto you.”

“Come, O my God, the promise seal,

This mountain, sin, remove,

Now in my waiting soul reveal,

The virtue of thy love.

I want thy life, thy purity,

Thy righteousness brought in

I ask, desire and trust in thee,

To be redeemed from sin.

For this as taught by thee,

I pray, My inbred sin cast out!

Thou wilt in me thy power display,

I can no longer doubt.

Let anger, sloth, desire and pride,

This moment be subdued,

Be cast into the crimson tide,

Of my Redeemers blood,

Savior to thee my soul looks up,

My present Savior thou!

In all the confidence and hope,

I claim the blessing now.

‘Tis done; thou dost this moment save,

With full salvation bless;

Redemption through thy blood I have,

And spotless love and peace. —Wesley

The heart responds to the witness of the Spirit, not only from the lips but

from every nerve, fiber and fabric of our being, and weeps in joyous

praise, “Clean, clean, clean! “ The fiery baptism has done its work. The

Holy Ghost has come to live in his temple. He is sovereign of our spirit,

soul and body. The Dove of the Spirit has found his place of rest. The

soul has found its Comforter. The human and the divine are united in

peace.

Might we sing with the hymn writer:

Oh, sweet rest!

Oh, sweet rest!

The rest of the soul,

So happy and blest,

By faith in his promise,

I lean on his breast.

My soul from his labor

Has found its sweet rest. —C.F.O.

The Father’s will is now fulfilled in us by sanctification. The Son’s

provisional grace is complete, we are now sanctified by his one offering;

the body and the blood. The Spirit has come to cleanse and abide.

“He hath perfected forever them that are sanctified. Whereof the

Holy Ghost is witness unto us.” <581014>Hebrews 10:14-15.

PRAISE HIS WONDERFUL NAME!
 

A LIFE OF HOLINESS

The life of holiness is the most practical life that could be lived. It

sanctions every true law of human behavior. It rejoices in all the law of

God. There is no conflict with true human rights. We love God with all our

heart and our neighbor as ourselves. The charity spoken of in the

thirteenth chapter of 1 Corinthians is a natural outflow of the sanctified

heart. “The sanctified life,” one has said, “is the breath of the Spirit.”

There is no strain to live righteously, The actions and attitudes flow from

a holy heart. Blunders, mistakes and poor judgment will sometimes grieve

us, but we look up to God with confidence that the intention, the motive

was holy. He judges us as “blameless.” <520523>1 Thessalonians 5:23 We have

found even in our human failures and blunders, we seek his aid, and “the

Spirit also helpeth our infirmities.” <450826>Romans 8:26 Satan will accuse, he

will bring many railing accusations, but remember you settled it once and

for all to follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. It was more than a

decision of the head; it was more than an emotional impulse. Your whole

being confirmed the words of your lips:

“I’ve made my choice forever,

Twixt this world and God’s dear Son,

Naught can change my mind, no never!

He my heart has fully won,

Take this world with all its pleasures,

Take them take them one and all,

Give me Christ, my precious Savior,

He is sweeter than them all!