Winslow on the Christian Life

In my last post, I mentioned how I have been impacted in a unique way by a book by Octavius Winslow, The Work of the Holy Spirit (1840).

Here are some select quotes that provide a glimpse into his refreshingly Jesus-centered view of the Christian life.

“Regeneration is the sole and special work of the Holy Spirit.” (57)

“The work of sanctification is pre-eminently the product of the Spirit.” (118)

“New and enlarged views of the Holy Spirit mark a regenerate mind.” (52)

“The life of God in the soul of man contains the principle of growth.  He that is not advancing…  Has great reason to suspect the absence of divine life in a soul.”  (54)

While the first implantation of the life of God in a soul is sudden, the advance of that work is gradual and progressive. (62)

“Doctrines once mysterious, are now beautifully lucid; promises once unfelt, are not sweetly consolatory; precepts once insipid, and now powerfully persuasive.” (156)

“The Spirit dwells in the believer as a manifestation of the Divine glory.” (97)

“Sin dwells in him, but does not govern; it has power, but does not rule.” (77)

“Thy will be done constitutes the very essence of sanctification.” (114)

“[The Spirit] is the efficient cause of all holiness in the believer.” (119)

“The work of sanctification is pre-eminently the product of the Spirit.” (118)

“Not a step can the believer advance without the spirit.” (28)

“It is by simple, close and searching views of the cross of Christ that the Spirit most effectually sanctifies the believer. This is the true and great method of gospel sanctification!” (127)

“The Spirit especially and effectually sanctifies by unfolding the cross of Jesus.” (127)

“Let no man dream of true mortification of sin, or real sanctification of heart, who does not deal constantly, closely and believingly with the atoning blood of Jesus.” (129)


“A yet deeper impression of the seal is made, when the believer is led more fully into the realization of his sonship, when he attains to the blessed sense of the “adoption of children.” (143)

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