TENTH MEDITATION. THE BEGINNING, NOT THE END

Though you are thus graciously related to
Christ, bear in mind that you are only at the
beginning and not at the end of the Chris-
tian life. “I beseech you that you receive
not the grace of God in vain.”

A child is a human being when it is born,
but it has yet much to pass through before
it is a full-grown person. It may never
reach that point. It may destroy itself, or
be destroyed by others. Though you are a
Christian, you are only a “babe in Christ.”
The child born must also be nourished. The
“washing of regeneration” is only the be-
ginning, and must be followed by the “re-
newing of the Holy Ghost.” Having been
planted into Christ Jesus, you must now
grow in grace and in the knowledge of Him.

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