The Complete Green Letters by Miles J. Stanford is an assembly of five of Miles Stanford’s efforts into one collection. Published between 1970 and 1977, The Green Letters, The Principle of Position, The Ground of Growth, The Reckoning That Counts and Abide Above, were first published as a collection in1975. The shared subject of these books is the author’s theme of “Not I, but Christ.” (Stanford, 1983, ix) Stanford’s concept of “what it means to be a Christian” (Ibid) is exhibited all the way through this combined work.
The Green Letters: Principles of Spiritual Growth The Green Letters is the first of five books concerning the matter of spiritual development. According to Walter Elwell, in the Introduction “The
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God develops the believer in His own Time. The next principle is Acceptance. Stanford says that every believer must ask two questions: does God accept me? if so how does He accept me? The next principle is Purpose and it is necessary for developing spiritually, both individually and for mankind as a whole. Each person has a purpose, mankind as a whole was made for fellowship with God. (14) With each believer understanding their purpose now God can Prepare us for His work. For a believer to be Complete in Him means to give God full control and dependence on Him for everything. (26) God has already given each believer everything we need and the principle of Appropriation tells us all we need to do is reach out and use it for His purposes. (29) Next is Identification, as believers when Christ died on the cross we died with Him. Consecration, often misunderstood, is to surrender to God and present ourselves for His service.(35) Rom 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” (KJV) Outside of Faith, Self is “one of the most important factors in Christian growth.”(39) To get beyond only knowing about Jesus “one must first come to know oneself.” (39) The next step logically is Self-denial which then leads to The Cross. “Understanding and