Archive for the ‘sanctification’ Category

There are two natures that beat within my chest

July 24, 2010

There are two natures that beat within my chest.

One is foul and one is blessed.

The one I love and the other I hate.

But the one I feed will dominate.

author unknown

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The Gospel sanctifies as well as saves

June 5, 2010

When we speak of the centrality of the gospel we refer to the fact that every aspect of our salvation stems from the gospel. We mean that the gospel is truly the power of God for salvation in that it is through the gospel we are called, regenerated, converted, sanctified, and finally glorified. We mean that Jesus Christ, God come in the flesh, as he lived, died and rose again, gave meaning to all history and human existence. We mean that the gospel is the only means we have of beginning, continuing, and persevering in the Christian life . . . . When we approach sanctification as attainable by any means other than the gospel of Christ–the same gospel by which we are converted–we have departed from the teaching of the New Testament.

Goldsworthy Trilogy, 2008, p.171

The Law drives us to the Gospel, that we are justified, then sends us to the Law again to show us our duty now that we are justified

January 12, 2010

We cry down the Law when it comes to our justification, but we set it up when it comes to our sanctification. The Law drives us to the Gospel, that we are justified, then sends us to the Law again to show us our duty now that we are justified.

Thomas Boston, in Michael A. Robinson, God Does Exist!, Author House 2006, p.182

I’m not what I ought to be, I’m not what I wish to be, I’m not what I hope to be, but by the grace of God, I’m not what I used to be!

October 4, 2009

I’m not what I ought to be, I’m not what I wish to be, I’m not what I hope to be, but by the grace of God, I’m not what I used to be!

John Newton

Sin dwelleth in us…and one degree prepareth the heart for another, and one sin inclineth the mind to more

October 4, 2009

Sin dwelleth in us…and one degree prepareth the heart for another, and one sin inclineth the mind to more. If one thief be in the house, he will let in the rest; because they have the same disposition and design. A spark is the beginning of a flame; and a small disease may cause a greater. A man who knows himself to be purblind*, should take heed to his feet. Alas! in our hearts, as well as in our hearers, there is an averseness to God, a strangeness to him, unreasonable and almost unruly passions! In us there are, at the best, the remnants of pride, unbelief, self-seeking, hypocrisy, and all the most hateful, deadly sins.

Richard Baxter, Reformed Pastor, p.73

* partly sighted

Regeneration is an act of God in us; justification is a judgment of God with respect to us

September 26, 2009

Regeneration is an act of God in us; justification is a judgment of God with respect to us. The distinction is like that of the distinction between the act of a surgeon and the act of a judge. The surgeon, when he removes an inward cancer, does something in us. That is not what a judge does — he gives a verdict regarding our judicial status. If we are innocent he declares accordingly.

The purity of the gospel is bound up with the recognition of this distinction. If justification is confused with regeneration or sanctification, then the door is opened for the perversion of the gospel at its center. Justification is still the article of the standing or falling of the Church.

John Murray, Redemption Accomplished and Applied p. 121

Broken-Hearted Christians

January 8, 2009

Ungodly spirits, ignorant of God’s ways in bringing his children to heaven, censure broken hearted Christians as miserable persons, whereas God is doing a gracious, good work with them. ”

Richard Sibbes, Bruised Reed 5-6

Good Works do not justify, however…

October 21, 2008

Good works do not make a man good, but a good man does good works. A bishop is not a bishop because he consecrates a church, but he consecrates a church because he is a bishop. Unless a man is already a believer and a Christian, his works have no value at all. They are foolish, idle, damnable sins, because when good works are brought forward as ground for justification, they are no longer good. Understand that we do not reject good works, but praise them highly. The apostle Paul said, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus… When God in his sheer mercy and without any merit of mine has given me such unspeakable riches, shall I not then freely, joyously, wholeheartedly, unprompted do everything that I know will please him? I will give myself as a sort of Christ to my neighbor as Christ gave himself for me.

p.230 Here I Stand – A Life of Martin Luther, Penguin 2002, Roland H Bainton