The Stamp of My Christian Profession

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Sincerity must be the stamp of my Christian profession. Though utterly unable to render perfect obedience to the least of the commandments, yet my desire end purpose will have respect unto them all. I shall no more venture to break the least than the greatest of them; much less shall I ever think of attempting to atone for the breach of one by the performance of the rest. They are indeed many commandments; yet-like links in a chain-they form but one law; and I know who has said, “Whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” However the professor may confine his regard to the second table (as if the first were ceremonial, or obsolete, or the regulation of the outward man was the utmost extent of the requirement,) I would fix my eye with equal regard to both; yet specially marking any command in either of them; that may appear most directly opposed to my besetting corruptions. Thus “walking in the fear of the Lord,” I may hope to walk “in the comfort of the Holy Spirit” and “hereby shall I know that I am of the truth, and shall assure my heart before God.”

Charles Bridges, Exposition Of Psalm 119

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