Thomas McCrie on the evangelical holiness of the righteous

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But all who are righteous in the primary, evangelical sense of the word, are also holy in their dispositions. The relative change made on their state by justification, is accompanied by a real change on their hearts, effectuated by Divine power through the instrumentality of the word. By means of the light of divine knowledge, which is made to pervade the whole soul, not only are their consciences pacified, but their hearts are purified, rectified, and reduced to a cheerful conformity to the eternal law of righteousness.

Examine yourselves by this test. Are your hearts right with God, and sound in his statutes? Do you love him supremely? is it your desire to please him in all things? Do you esteem his commandments concerning all things to be right, and hate every false and wicked way? Have your affections been disengaged from the world, and set on things above, where Christ is?

In fine, the righteous have a holy practice regulated by the moral law. Instead of considering themselves as released by their redemption from any moral duty, they judge that they are laid under new and stronger obligations to holiness in all manner of conversation. “They are righteous before God, walking in all his commandments and ordinances blameless.” Try yourselves by this. Is your obedience universal and unexceptioned? Do you exercise yourselves to have consciences void of offence toward God and toward man? ...

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