Horton on the Constant Need of the Gospel Message

“The church is called not to ‘work for a second blessing,’ but to ‘feed on the first blessing, the forgiveness of sins…  The struggle of the church… is not to envelope Christ in our faithfulness, but to be enveloped by Christ’s faithfulness…’

“The preaching of the gospel that gave us new birth… in the first place continues to sustain our pilgrimage.  We never move beyond justification, never beyond faith and the forgiveness of sins.  On the contrary, as we grow in holiness, we become more acutely aware of our sin, and the struggle against it becomes increasingly intense.”

Michael Horton “Covenant and Salvation: Union with Christ


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