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1:37 AM   [21 May 2014 | Wednesday]

Wesley and the Two Ways

John Wesley observed that Christians have a choice.........                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              'FROM long experience and observation, said Wesley, I am inclined to think that whoever finds redemption in the blood of Jesus - whoever is justified - has the choice of walking in the higher or the lower path. I believe the Holy Spirit at that time sets before him the 'more excellent way', and incites him to walk therein - to choose the narrowest path in the narrow way - to aspire after the heights and depths of Holiness - after the entire image of God. But if he does not accept this offer, he insensibly declines into the lower order of Christians ; he still goes on in what may be called a good way, serving God in his degree, and finds mercy in the close of life through the blood of the covenant.(John Wesley)

This observation by Wesley does seem to have some backing from Gods word. The last chapter of the last book of the Bible, Revelation, has two types of Christians. Verse 11 says.....let him who is righteous be righteous still and let him who is Holy be Holy still.

The Holy Highway verses are found in Isaiah 35v8-10. When reading it easy to miss three extra words in the text ; and a Highway shall be there ....and a Way. So there are two ways, the Highway and the Way. It tells us that the Highway is the way of Holiness and I believe that the Way is the way of righteousness.

Something similar is found in Genesis in the lives of Abraham and Lot. Abraham has a close walk with God, hearing His voice and obeying Him. Abraham is mentioned 69 times in the New Testament and he is presented to us as an example of faith and a man who pleased God. The Lord also identifys Himself with Abraham saying, 'I am the God of Abraham'.( Mark 12v26 ) 

Peter says in the New Testament that Lot, ' had a righteous soul '( 2Peter 2v8 ). He is shown to us as a man who made some poor choices that brought trouble to himself and his family including the eventual death of his wife. ( Genesis chaptrs 13,14,19 ) It seems that his poor choices came from a lack of understanding of Gods ways.

That does not mean that a righteous person will have a hard life, but it shows that Abraham chose the better way.

                                             Two roads converged in a yellow wood                                                                                               and sorry I could not travel both                                                                                                           and be one traveller, long I stood                                                                                                                                                                     

                                              Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -                                                                                                  I took the one less travelled by,                                                                                                           and that has made all the difference                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (part of poem by Robert Frost)

In the rest of the poem he says that both of the ways seemed much the same, as he stood and looked. He noticed that one seemed to be less travelled upon and he decided to take that way, and was glad he did.

Holiness and righteousness look much the same without experience. Holiness does seem to be the way less travelled among Christians. But anyone who decides to walk on the Highway of Holiness will find that makes all the difference.                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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