Collected Works of John Wesley, Volume XII

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Author: John Wesley

CCLII. — To the Same.

March 14, 1768.

There are innumerable degrees both in a justified and a sanctified state, more than it is possible for us exactly to define. I have always thought the lowest degree of the latter implies the having but one desire and one design. I have no doubt but in that general outpouring of the Spirit, God did give —— this degree of salvation, neither did it ever appear to me that —— had lost it; —— rather seemed to stand just on the threshold of Christian perfection, and I apprehend nothing would be more likely to hurt the soul than undervaluing the grace already received. Without any sin, we may be, in a sense, pleased with the approbation of those we esteem and love. But here we have need of much prayer, lest this should degenerate into pride or vanity. I still say to you, as to an almost newborne babe, "Dare to believe; on Christ lay hold!" Without being solicitous about the name of what you have, ask and expect all you want! Is it not nigh, even at the door?

The knowledge of ourselves is true humility: And without this we cannot be free from vanity; a desire of praise being inseparably connected with every degree of pride. Continual watchfulness is absolutely necessary to hide this from stealing in upon us. But as long as we steadily watch and pray, we shall not enter into temptation. It may and will assault us on every side; but it cannot prevail.

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Chicago: John Wesley, "CCLII. — To the Same.," Collected Works of John Wesley, Volume XII, ed. Thomas Jackson in Collected Works of John Wesley, Volume XII (London: Wesleyan Methodist Book Room, 1872), Original Sources, accessed August 14, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4A4JUB6VW9TDICA.

MLA: Wesley, John. "CCLII. — To the Same." Collected Works of John Wesley, Volume XII, edited by Thomas Jackson, in Collected Works of John Wesley, Volume XII, London, Wesleyan Methodist Book Room, 1872, Original Sources. 14 Aug. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4A4JUB6VW9TDICA.

Harvard: Wesley, J, 'CCLII. — To the Same.' in Collected Works of John Wesley, Volume XII, ed. . cited in 1872, Collected Works of John Wesley, Volume XII, Wesleyan Methodist Book Room, London. Original Sources, retrieved 14 August 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4A4JUB6VW9TDICA.