December 15, 2010

Wednesday with Wesley: JW on Holiness & Resurrection

Here's a short exerpt from John Wesley on the manner in which the Christian should live in light of the future hope of bodily resurrection from the dead:
Be ye steadfast - In yourselves. Unmovable - By others; continually increasing in the work of faith and labour of love. Knowing your labour is not in vain in the Lord - Whatever ye do for his sake shall have its full reward in that day. Let us also endeavour, by cultivating holiness in all its branches, to maintain this hope in its full energy; longing for that glorious day, when, in the utmost extent of the expression, death shall be swallowed up for ever, and millions of voices, after the long silence of the grave, shall burst out at once into that triumphant song, O death, where is thy sting? O hades, where is thy victory? (Explanatory Notes upon the New Testament, 1 Cor 15:58).

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