So completely are we renewed by regeneration that we are dead to the old life, and only live in Jesus. We cannot love the things of earth: our hearts are in heaven, our very life is there, where Jesus is, and until he comes we live a hidden life which worldlings cannot perceive or comprehend.
New men should have new manners, and new garments. The cast-off rags of our sinful estate must never be allowed to dishonour and defile us now.
The heathen gloried in clever deceits; we have for ever done with falsehood of every kind.
And above all these things put on charity or lose
Sweet precept! How often is it forgotten! “Be ye thankful.”
Colossians 3:16, 17
A golden rule for all times, places, and duties. Life on earth would be like heaven below were this continually practised.
So that while we are free from the traditions of men, we are under law to Christ. Let us each one observe the precept which belongs to his condition. May the Spirit of all grace make all of us models, whether as parents or children, masters or servants, and to God shall be all the praise.
Be dead, my heart, to worldly charms;
Be dead to every sin;
And tell the boldest foes without,
That Jesus reigns within.
My life with his united stands,
Nor asks a surer ground;
He keeps me in his gracious arms,
Where heaven itself is found.