A Perpetual War With Grace

 Romans 7:21   I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present.

Are you not often a mystery to yourself? Warm one moment – cold the next! Abasing yourself one hour – exalting yourself the following! Loving the world, full of it, steeped up to your head in it today – crying, groaning, and sighing for a sweet manifestation of the love of God tomorrow! Brought down to nothingness, covered with shame and confusion, on your knees before you leave your room – filled with pride and self-importance before you have got down stairs! Despising the world, and willing to give it all up for one taste of the love of Jesus when in solitude – trying to grasp it with both hands when in business!  

 What a mystery are you! Touched by love – and stung with hatred! Possessing a little wisdom- – and a great deal of folly! Earthlyminded – and yet having the affections in heaven! Pressing forward – and lagging behind! Full of sloth – and yet taking the kingdom with violence! And thus the Spirit, by a process which we may feel but cannot adequately describe – leads us into the mystery of the two natures perpetually struggling and striving against each other in the same bosom – so that one man cannot more differ from another, than the same man differs from himself.

 But the mystery of the kingdom of heaven is this – that our carnal mind undergoes no alteration, but maintains a perpetual war with grace. And thus, the deeper we sink in self-abasement under a sense of our vileness, the higher we rise in a knowledge of Christ,and the blacker we are in our own view – the more lovely does Jesus appear.

 J. C. Philpot (1802 -1869)

About Greg Coleman

I am a Particular Baptist who affirms the absolute sovereignty of the triune Godhead in all things. The fullness of the Godhead dwells in the God-man Jesus Christ. He is the Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer, Disposer and Judge of all that ever was, is now or ever shall be. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and men. He was made to be sin for his people and saved them from their sins by his substitutionary, sacrificial death on the cross thereby satisfying the justice and wrath of God against them. The sufficiency of his death to the satisfaction of God’s justice is proven by his physical resurrection from the dead and enthronement in glory at the right hand of the Father. Jesus Christ is coming again to judge the living and the dead. Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.
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4 Responses to A Perpetual War With Grace

  1. Matthew Washington says:

    Hello Greg

    Are these words of J.C Philpot written in book. I enjoyed the posting and wanted to see if there was book on the subject by J.C. Philpot

  2. Matthew Washington says:


    Do you know what PDF file this particular quotes comes from?

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