John Arrowsmith on the impossibility of good works outside of Christ

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... So take Christ from a soul, ’tis impotent to all good, Without me ye can do nothing, John 15. 5. Were it not for the Sun it would be perpetual night in the world, notwithstanding all the torches that could be lighted; yea notwithstanding all the light of the moon and stars. It is neither the torch-light of natural parts and creature-comforts; nor the star-light of civil honesty and common gifts; nor the moon-light of temporary faith and formal profession, that can make it day in the soul, till the Sun of righteousness arise and shine there.

Once indeed there was a time, when fruits were produced without a Sun; when God, to prevent the idolizing of this creature as the only cause of all fertility, enabled the earth to bring forth on the third day, whereas the Sun was not made till the fourth: But never was there any the least moment of time since the fall, wherein man could bring forth fruit to God without the cooperation of Christ. He that hath not the Son hath not life, 1 Iohn 5. 12. Neither can any vital action be performed but by his special grace. ...

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