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Without Holiness

"Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which
no man shall see the Lord." Heb. 12:14
To 'see' implies both vision and fruition. Without holiness, no
manbe he high or low, noble or ignoble, rich or poor, etc.,
shall ever come to a blessed acquaintance with God here, or
to a glorious fruition and enjoyment of God hereafter.

Oh, how great a misery,
how great a punishment,
how great an affliction,
how great a trouble and torment,
how great a tribulation,
how great a hell
will it be for all unholy people to be forever and ever
banished the court of heaven, and to be shut out from
the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His
and to be everlastingly confined to the prison
of hell, and to the society and company of that damned
crew who will be still a-cursing and a-blaspheming God,
and adding to one another's torments!

Ah, friends! without holiness all is lost . . .
  your soul is lost,
  Christ is lost,
  God is lost,
  heaven is lost,
  glory is lost!
What are all other losses, compared to these losses?

Well, sirs, if none of these arguments can prevail
with you to labor after holiness, I must conclude . . .
  that divine justice has hardened you,
  that Satan has blinded you,
  that your lusts have besotted you,
  that this world has bewitched you,
and that it would have been ten thousand thousand
times better for you, to have never been born, than
  to live without holiness, and
  to die without holiness, and
  to be everlastingly damned for lack of holiness.

"Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which

no man shall see the Lord:." Heb. 12:14


(Thomas Brooks, "The Crown and Glory of Christianity,
 or, HOLINESS, the Only Way to Happiness", 1662)

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