We take holiness with Him

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Ralph Erskine (Christ the People's Covenant), Sermons 1:191-192:

Christ hath got the guiding of all about the covenant, and when we take him we take holiness with him. We take perfect holiness in him for justification, and we get an imparted holiness from him for sanctification. What is the reason of your want of holiness? Because you do not take Christ. What is the reason that some who take Christ have little holiness about them? Even because they take him very awkwardly, if I may so call it: they take him backwardly. If we were better at taking what God gives, we would find more holiness springing up; whole taking of him would make whole holiness to you; but your broken taking of him makes broken holiness. O! he is the performer of the covenant, and the performance itself; the doer of all our work in us and for us. And if our taking him and believing on him were more perfect, our holiness would be more too; for faith purifies the heart. A poor lean faith makes poor lean obedience and sanctification. O if you could get Christ once in your arms, you get all that the Father hath promised.
 
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