By William Burt Pope
Brian J. Abasciano President of the Society of Evangelical Arminians has referred to as this the easiest Arminian Systematic theology ever written.
This is the third of three volumes written in 1889
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The argument is complete in itself, and scarcely needs further corroboration. The counteraction of sin must needs be entire and complete in man and upon earth: the other world is the sphere of fruition and judgment. There is no hint given in the Scriptural history of redemption that the finished triumph of the Deliverer from sin is never to be known in this world. But this leads us onward. 1 Rom. 8:23. II. Full deliverance from sin is both required and promised as the preparation for final admission to the presence of God.
Paul declares it to be the design of our crucifixion with Christ, that is of our union by faith with Christ's death to sin, that the body of sin might be destroyed:8 that sin actuating our mortal bodies, and making it its servant, might be deprived of us as its slaves, the body of our service being abolished. He that is dead is freed9 or justified from sin; so the earthly instrument of service is destroyed that we henceforth should not serve sin. It is not merely that the slavery of sin is ended; but the body that serves is to be altogether abolished.
1. The Apostolical Fathers, the common heritage of Christianity, continued the strain of the New Testament, and taught their successors not to shrink from the application of the term. " Such words as these contain the germ of what may be called the doctrine of Christian Perfection: it is the perfection of love through grace accomplishing the righteousness of faith. The Epistles of Ignatius again and again speak of a perfect faith, of a perfect mind and intention, and of the perfect work of holiness: teleioi ontes, teleia kai phroneite• Thelousi gar uooin eu prattein, kai ho Theos etoimos estin eis to paraschein.