Category: Sanctify

How the Gospel Frees from Legalism

While I doubt the average Christian would say, “Avoiding legalism and lawlessness are among my greatest struggles,” they remain a crucial issue in every Christian walk, since the Christian life can never be set on autopilot. The Christian life requires day-by-day, moment-by-moment re-calibrating of our hearts. It also requires a willingness to continue learning and growing in our knowledge of God along with how He wants to be served. But what is the immovable standard by which everything else must be calibrated? The Gospel. The great cure for every sin is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. So we avoid...

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Sanctifying View Of Grace

 “For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.” (1 Corinthians 15:9) “To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.” (Ephesians 3:8) “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.” (1 Timothy 1:15) At a recent Bible study my wife and I attended, we looked at these three verses to see how...

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Cultivating Humility: Eight Strategies

Christianity is impossible without humility. John MacArthur has said that humility is “the foundation of all graces” and “the very center of the Christian life.” Calvin called humility “the sovereign virtue – the mother and root of all virtue,” and Jonathan Edwards said that humility is “the most essential thing in true religion.” Such assertions are true for Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:3); and James wrote: “Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you” (Jas. 4:10). It would be safe to say that humility is...

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Faithfulness and Fruitfulness

Richard Greenham, one of the renowned Puritan theologians of the sixteenth century, was well loved in his day for the spiritual help he was to many believers in England, as well to his fellow Puritan ministers. Quite a number of Puritan pastors would send their congregants to Greenham for what they considered to be the more difficult “cases of conscience.” Nevertheless, Greenham expressed regret over not seeing much fruit in his own congregation in Dry Drayton—the exceedingly small rural town in which he pastored—during his almost twenty-one-year ministry there. Reflecting on the spiritual state of his congregation, Greenham spoke...

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J.C. Ryle on Sanctification

“This is the will of God, even your sanctification” (1 Thess. 4:3). There is today and always has been debate regarding the process of sanctification. Largely in the circles I run in, I see two major ditches: The doctrines of justification and sanctification are blended together. Those who are proponents of this position say that when one is justified, they are entirely sanctified in Christ Jesus. The idea that a pastor would call Christians to be obedient to God’s Law and to bear good fruit often give those who subscribe to this position angst. The doctrine of sanctification is...

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