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Originally published in "The Lord's Coming Herald & Wesleyan Bible Prophecy Advocate," May 2009

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How sweet is Jesus to my soul!

I thought it could not get any better when God wholly sanctified my heart on this past 28 April 2009, but I have found to the contrary that the sweet delight of His presence has only kept on getting better ever since.

I am glad that the Lord helped me, after many years of harboring carnality with all its doubt and fear, to finally surrender all to the great reality of my Saviour's wondrous "cleansing fountain open wide for all my sin." Now I can say, not only that the Blood cleanseth me (present tense), and it does, thank the Lord, but that it has cleansed (past tense) me from all sin, as well.

For some time I had questioned the wisdom of the need to testify to the experience of entire sanctification in order to keep the blessing. Some of the old holiness writers and teachers used to say that, and for a good while I was not so sure I agreed with their sentiment. Now I know why it is so important. The Lord opened my eyes (removed something) that has since helped me to see and understand the usefulness of that emphasis.

When we testify to the work of God in fully cleansing our hearts from sin, we are not drawing attention to ourselves, because it is not about us, anyway. When we so testify to full salvation we are lifting up the Blood of Jesus Christ, and honoring God, who is the one that has made the provision and who has done the work.

Since I fully belong to Jesus now, why shouldn't I want Him to have all the credit for what He has done for my soul? Why shouldn't I want to lift up the Blood of Jesus Christ by declaring what it can do?

It is not about me anymore, it is about Jesus Christ. "I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live, yet not I but Christ liveth in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me" (Gal. 2:20).

Jesus is a Friend that sticketh closer than a brother. His love is all that matters. Experiencing such love is for all, indeed, a "like precious faith."

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