But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be mywitnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
28 One of the teachers of the law came and heardthem debating. Noticing that Jesus had given thema good answer, he asked him, “Of all thecommandments, which is the most important?” 29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “isthis: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord isone. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heartand with all your soul and with all your mind andwith all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Loveyour neighbor as yourself.’ There is nocommandment greater than these.”
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness and self-control. Against suchthings there is no law.
It is thus that we wait for entire sanctification; fora full salvation from all our sins, from pride, self-will, anger, unbelief; or, as the Apostle expresses it,"go on unto perfection." But what is perfection?The word has various senses: Here it meansperfect love. It is love excluding sin; love filling theheart, taking up the whole capacity of the soul. Itis love "rejoicing evermore, praying withoutceasing, in everything giving thanks."[Sermon 43--The Scripture Way of Salvation]
Entire sanctification, or Christian perfection, isneither more nor less than pure love; loveexpelling sin, and governing both the heartand life of a child of God. The Refiners firepurges out all that is contrary to love, and thatmany times by a pleasing smart. Leave all thisto Him that does all things well, and that lovesyou better than you do yourself.[Letters to Mr. Walter Churchey, of Brecon]
"Well, but what more than this can be implied in entiresanctification?" It does not imply any new kind ofholiness: Let no man imagine this. From the moment weare justified, till we give up our spirits to God, love is thefulfilling of the law; of the whole evangelical law…. Love isthe sum of Christian sanctification; it is the one kind ofholiness, which is found, only in various degrees, in thebelievers who are distinguished by St. John into "littlechildren, young men, and fathers." The differencebetween one and the other properly lies in the degree oflove. And herein there is as great a difference in thespiritual, as in the natural sense, between fathers, youngmen, and babes.[Sermon 83--On Patience]
12Therefore, my dear friends, as you havealways obeyed—not only in my presence, butnow much more in my absence—continue towork out your salvation with fear andtrembling, 13 for it is God who works in you towill and to act according to his good purpose.
5Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders;make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let yourconversation be always full of grace, seasonedwith salt, so that you may know how toanswer everyone.