From Cleansing to Cleansing

"He has washed his garments in wine and his vesture in the blood of grapes."
GENESIS 49:11
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From Cleansing to Cleansing
We are not only made drunk by the Spirit and know what "the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might" spoken of in Isaiah 11:2 is, but we are also washed every day. For sin still clings to our flesh, and spirit and flesh are opposed to each other. But the promise of the Holy Spirit is operative in us and washes its garment, namely, us, during the whole time of our life. For it is always purging away the sin that is left; and we are washed and purified, not with water but with wine and the blood of grapes, with red wine, that is, with the most abundant gifts of the Holy Spirit. For sin is not destroyed, as the sophists dream, by our acts of contrition, preparation, and satisfaction. . .. We are not in a state of perfection. No, we are in a state of becoming and transition, or in a state of movement from virtue to virtue from day to day, from cleansing to cleansing. After being sanctified we are still being sanctified.
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