union with christ

Week 7: A New Purpose: Set Apart

“Would you be holy?… Then you must begin with Christ. You will do nothing at all, and make no progress till you feel your sin and weakness, and flee to Him. He is the root and beginning of all holiness.”

– J.C. Ryle, Holiness, 59-60.

A Helpful Word in Preparation of the Study

From J.C. Ryle’s classic 1877 book Holiness, pages 60-61:


Do you want to attain holiness? Do you feel this day a real hearty desire to be holy? Would you be a partaker of the divine nature? Then go to Christ. Wait for nothing. Wait for nobody. Linger not. Think not to make yourself ready. Go and say to Him, in the words of that beautiful hymn,

Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling;
Naked, flee to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace.*

“There is not a brick nor a stone laid in the work of our sanctification till we go to Christ. Holiness is His special gift to His believing people. Holiness is the work He carries on in their hearts, by the Spirit whom He puts within them. He is appointed a “Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance” as well as remission of sins. “To as many as receive Him, He gives power to become sons of God.” (Acts 5:31; John 1:12, 13.) Holiness comes not of blood — parents cannot give it to their children: nor yet of the will of the flesh — man cannot produce it in himself: nor yet of the will of man — ministers cannot give it to you by baptism. Holiness comes from Christ. It is the result vital union with Him. It is the fruit of being a living branch of the True Vine. Go then to Christ and say, “Lord, not only save me from the guilt of sin, but send the Spirit, whom Thou didst promise, and save me from its power. Make me holy. Teach me to do Thy will.”


“Would you continue holy? Then abide in Christ. He says Himself, “Abide in Me, and I in you… He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit” (John 15:4, 5). It pleased the Father that in Him should all fulness dwell — a full supply for all a believer’s wants. He is the Physician to whom you must daily go, if you would keep well. He is the Manna which you must daily eat, and the Rock of which you must daily drink. His arm is the arm on which you must daily lean, as you come up out of the wilderness of this world. You must not only be rooted, you must also be built up in Him. Paul was a man of God indeed — a holy man, a growing thriving Christian — and what was the secret of it all? He was one to whom Christ was “all in all.” He was ever “looking unto Jesus.” “I can do all things,” he says, “through Christ which strengtheneth me.” “I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God.” Let us go and do likewise. (1 Cor. 15:28; Eph 1:23; Heb. 12:2; Phil. 4:13; Gal. 2:20).”

*Augustus Toplady (1740-1778), “Rock of Ages”

Lyrics & Chord Sheets


For the “Praise” section of each lesson, we look at a song from the WEPC Doxology Album. As a resource to you, here is a link to the lyrics for each of the songs.

Lyrics for Doxology Album

Chord Sheets are also available. If you would like them, please contact Tiffanie Chan.

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