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The Wisdom of God’s Counsels

Awake, Thou That Sleepest

by John Wesley

“Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.” - Eph. 5:14.

IN discoursing on these words, I shall, with the help of God, — First. Describe the sleepers, to whom they are spoken: Secondly. Enforce the exhortation, “Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead:” And, Thirdly. Explain the promise made to such as do awake and arise: “Christ shall give thee light.”

And first, as to the sleepers here spoken to. By sleep is signified the natural state of man; that deep sleep of the soul, into which the sin of Adam hath cast all who spring from his loins: That supineness, indolence, and stupidity, that insensibility of his real condition, wherein every man comes Into the world, and continues till the voice of God awakes him.

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Awake, Thou That Sleepest

Awake, Thou That Sleepest

by John Wesley

“Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.” - Eph. 5:14.

IN discoursing on these words, I shall, with the help of God, — First. Describe the sleepers, to whom they are spoken: Secondly. Enforce the exhortation, “Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead:” And, Thirdly. Explain the promise made to such as do awake and arise: “Christ shall give thee light.”

And first, as to the sleepers here spoken to. By sleep is signified the natural state of man; that deep sleep of the soul, into which the sin of Adam hath cast all who spring from his loins: That supineness, indolence, and stupidity, that insensibility of his real condition, wherein every man comes Into the world, and continues till the voice of God awakes him.

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Salvation by Faith

Salvation by Faith

by John Wesley

All the blessings which God hath bestowed upon man are of his mere grace, bounty, or favour; his free, undeserved favour; favour altogether undeserved; man having no claim to the least of his mercies. It was free grace that “formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into him a living soul,” and stamped on that soul the image of God, and “put all things under his feet.” The same free grace continues to us, at this day, life, and breath, and all things. For there is nothing we are, or have, or do, which can deserve the least thing at God’s hand. “All our works, Thou, O God, hast wrought in us.” These, therefore, are so many more instances of free mercy: and whatever righteousness may be found in man, this is also the gift of God.

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