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A Continual Active Whetting of My Thoughts on Christ

March 3, 2011

A man does not possess Christ by faith in the way he possesses money in his cupboard or deeds of land, which he takes for granted that he has and yet perhaps never looks at once in a year. No; Christ is as meat that a man feeds on, chews, and digests, and whose stomach works on continually.

Faith is not a sleeping thing, nor merely not doubting that Christ is mine, but a continual active whetting of my thoughts on Christ as mine. It is living on Him and in Him.

Thomas Goodwin, A Habitual Sight of Him: The Christ-centered Piety of Thomas Goodwin,  ed. Joel Beeke and Mark Jones (Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, 2009), 79

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