Jerry Bridges Quote

“For every look you take at yourself in daily experience, take two looks at who you are in Christ.”
-Jerry Bridges “Who Am I?”

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Elyse Fitzpatrick on Our Union with Christ

“Our sanctification is rooted in our union with Christ–how can we truly change if we aren’t already truly different?  How can we fight to win if he hasn’t already fought and won?  How can we conquer death and sin if he isn’t the resurrected One, who lives within us?  Indeed [quoting Calvin], ‘the moment we turn aside from Christ in the slightest degree, salvation which rests entirely on him gradually disappears,’ and discouragement and condemnation will rule our hearts.”

Eliyse Fitzpatrick “Because He Loves Me

& if you’re interested in our union with Christ, check out her book, “Found in Him.”

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

Calvin at His Best

“We see that our whole salvation and all its parts are comprehended in Christ.  We should therefore take care not to derive the least portion of it anywhere else.  If we seek salvation, we are taught by the very name of Jesus that it is ‘of him.’  If we seek any gifts of the Spirit, they will be found in his anointing.  If we seek strength, it lies in his dominion; if purity, in his conception; if gentleness, it appears in his birth…  If we seek redemption, it lies in his passion; if acquittal, in his condemnation; if remission of the curse, in his cross; if sanctification, in his sacrifice; if purification, in his blood; if reconciliation, in his descent into hell; if mortification of the flesh, in his tomb; if newness of life, in his resurrection;… if inheritance of the heavenly kingdom, in his entrance into heaven; if protection, if security, if abundant supply of all blessing, in his kingdom; if untroubled expectation of judgment, in the power given him to judge.  In short, since rich store of every kind of good bounds in him, let us drink our fill from this fountain, and from no other.”

John Calvin “Institutes” 2.16.19

Ernst Kasemann on Baptism

The following quote is from Ernst Kasemann’s commentary on Romans 61-11:

Romans 6:1-11  What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?  2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?  3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Continue reading

Paul Zahl on Christian Growth

“Growth is the process of receiving God’s word of justification in new areas of our being.  It is the carrying of the good news to the unevangelized territories of our personal and social being.  If justification is God’s regarding us as perfect through the mirror of the Son’s perfection, then sanctification, which is growth in grace, is our receiving that regard palpably and with larger and larger extension throughout the complex geography of our being…”

“Progress in our lives is not principally a matter of new experience or new knowledge.  It is rather a fresh returning, in every new round of events, to a very old conviction: Christ died for our sins.”

Paul Zahl “Who Will Deliver Us?

Happy New Year from Gerhard Forde

Here is some much needed grace-centered theology on Christian growth from Gerhard Forde that will forgive us for not being better people in 2013 and remind us that we probably won’t be much better in 2014.  In doing this he points us to the source of true life for Christians: God’s one-way love found in the Gospel.  Enjoy: Continue reading