Conversion Without Consecration?

“I doubt, indeed, whether we have any warrant for saying that a man can possibly be converted without being consecrated to God! … If he was not consecrated to God the very day he was converted and born again, I do not know what conversion means. Are not men in danger of undervaluing and underrating the immense blessedness of conversion? Are they not, when they urge on other believers the “higher life” as a second conversion, underrating the length, and breadth, and depth, and height, of that great first chapter which Scripture calls the new birth, the new creation, the spiritual resurrection? I may be mistaken. But I have sometimes thought, while reading the strong language used by many about “consecration” in the last few years, that those who use it must have had previously a singularly low and inadequate view of “conversion,” if indeed they knew anything about conversion at all. In short, I have almost suspected that when the were consecrated, they were in reality converted for the first time!”

–J.C. Ryle, Holiness (p. 57)

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Satisfied in Christ, Though Guilty

Hugh Binning, Works, p. 346:

But how doth Christ plead? Can he plead us not guilty? Can he excuse or defend our sins? No, that is not the way. That accusation of the word and law against us is confessed, is proven, all is undeniably clear; but, he pleads satisfied, though guilty, – he presents his satisfactory sacrifice and the savour of that perfumes heaven, and pacifieth all. He shows God’s bond and discharge of the receipt of the sum of our debt, and thus is he cleared, and we absolved. Therefore I desire you, whoever you are that are challenged for sin, and the transgression of the law, if ye would have a solid way of satisfaction and peace to your consciences, take with your guiltiness. Plead not “not guilty.” Do not excuse or extenuate, but aggravate your guilt. Nay, in this you may help Satan; accuse yourselves, and say that you know more evil in yourselves than he doth, and open that up before God. But in the meantime, consider how it is managed above. Plead thou also, “satisfied in Christ though guilty;” and so thou mayest say to thy accuser, “If thou hast any thing to object against me, why I may not be saved, though a sinner, thou must go up to the highest tribunal to propone [propound] it, thou must come before my judge and advocate above; but forasmuch as thou dost not appear there, it is but a lie, and a murdering lie.”

Source:, Comment 1

They Shall Arrive At Their Port

Robert Traill (The Throne of Grace), Works 1:220:

Who would not venture to pass out of this bad world, to that blessed land, under Christ’s conduct, though sailing through the gulf of death be unpleasant in itself to us? Men for gain will sail from one end of the earth to the other; through heat and cold, and stormy seas and winds, and manifold perils, in the probable hope of advantage. But believers may be assured, that they shall arrive at their port. Never did a believer in Jesus Christ die or drown in his voyage to heaven. They will be all found safe and sound with the Lamb on Mount Zion. Christ loseth none of them; yea, nothing of them, John 6:39. Not a bone of a believer is to be seen in the field of battle. They are all more than conquerors, through him that loved them, Rom. 8:37.

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A Frequent and Near View of Death

Robert Traill (The Throne of Grace), Works 1:218:

Death is a theme of great importance, and of very obvious influence. If people would let it enter into their serious thoughts, and would take a serious and steady view of it, they would quickly find more in it and about it than ever they did, or could hear, by all that is told them. Next to the saving illumination of the Holy Ghost, with and by the word, there is no better school for men to learn, weigh, and duly to understand the things of God in, than a frequent and near view of death. What an edge would this put upon our praying, hearing, worship, and walking? Every thing that is done by men as dying persons, is usually well done.

Source:, Comment 1

Wild Natures Tames By Grace

Hugh Binning, Works, p. 339:

O how incomparably greater is his condescendency and clemency, whose person is so high and sacred, whose laws are so just and holy, and we so base and wretched, – to pardon such infinite guilt, rebellion, and treachery, against such an infinite majesty; and that, when a soul doth but begin to blush, and be ashamed with itself, and cannot open its mouth! I say, this rare and unparalleled goodness and mercy being considered, cannot but tame and daunt the wildest and most savage natures. Wild beast are not brought into subjection and tamed, but by gentle usage. It is not fierceness and violence can cure their fierceness, but meekness and condescendency to follow their humours, and soft dealing with them. As a rod is not bowed by great strength, but broken, even so those things of the promise of pardon for sin, of the grace and readiness of God to pardon upon the easiest terms, are written for this end, that our wild and undaunted natures may be tamed, and may bow and submit willingly to the yoke of his obedience, and may henceforth knit such a sacred bond of friendship and fellowship with God, as may never be broken.

Source:, Comment 1

Water and Blood for Purity and Pardon

Hugh Binning, Works, p. 334:

He came in the blood of expiation, because we had sinned. He came in the water of sanctification, that we might not sin. His blood speaks peace to the soul, and the water subjoins, “but let them not return to folly.” His blood cries, “behold thou art made whole.” And the water echoes unto it, “sin no more, lest a worse thing befall thee,” John 5:14. These two streams of water and blood, which are appointed for purity and pardon, run intermingled all along, and so the proper effects of them are interchangeably attributed to either of them: “he hath washed us in his blood” (Rev. 1:5; 7:14), “and the blood of Christ cleanseth us from all sin.” Then, certainly, this blood cannot be without water, it is never separated from it. The proper effect of blood is to cover sin; but because the water runs in that channel, and is conveyed by the blood thither, therefore it doth cleanse sin as well as cover it.


Excellent Balances and True Weights

Robert Traill (The Throne of Grace), Works 1:133:

Moses was a man that obtained singular mercy from the Lord. It appeared in this, that he esteemed the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt, Heb. 11:26. He had excellent balances and true weights. He put in the one scale, Egypt’s honours, treasures, and pleasures (and how weighty are such things in the worldling’s balances!); and in the other, the reproach of Christ, and affliction with the people of God. His judgment on this weighing, is, That this reproach, because of Christ’s concern in it, and this affliction, because it is of and with God’s people, is better than all the other things. The true test of men’s spirits is justly taken from their settled inward apprehension of the worth and value of spiritual saving mercy, above all outward mercy.

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