Transformed by Grace
John and Judas are representatives of those who profess to be Christ's followers. Both these disciples had the same opportunities to study and follow the divine Pattern. Both were closely associated with Jesus and were privileged to listen to His teaching. Each possessed serious defects of character; and each had access to the divine grace that transforms character. But while one in humility was learning of Jesus, the other revealed that he was not a doer of the word, but a hearer only. One, daily dying to self and overcoming sin, was sanctified through the truth; the other, resisting the transforming power of grace and indulging selfish desires, was brought into bondage to Satan.
Those who would gain the blessing of sanctification must first learn the meaning of self-sacrifice. Sanctification is not the work of a moment, an hour, a day, but of a lifetime. It is not gained by a happy flight of feeling, but is the result of constantly dying to sin, and constantly living for Christ. There will be a continual reaching out of the soul after God, a continual, earnest, heartbreaking confession of sin and humbling of the heart before Him.
*Let those who feel inclined to make a high profession of holiness look into the mirror of God's law.
*Prayer is heaven's ordained means of success in the conflict with sin and the development of Christian character.
He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.
1 John 2:6