Posts Tagged ‘Holiness’

ThegospelmysteryA new book that I started reading is The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification by puritain Walter Marshall. I picked it up thinking that any book dealing with the subject of sanctification  powered by the Gospel must be a keeper. Of course I haven’t been disappointed in my expectations though I am still just in the introduction. The book is divided into 14 different directions to the reader focusing on the sanctification through our unity to Christ.

Here’s a quote from his 7th direction as he lays down the foundation:

We are not to imagine that our hearts and lives be changed from sin to holiness in any measure, before we may safely venture to trust on Christ for the sure enjoyment of Himself, and His salvation.”

He continues on explaining:

To try to make ourselves fit for Christ is to be led away from Christ by a satanic delusion.”

Indeed we are not saved by our repentance or our good works. Those are the overflow of faith; The free gift of God. We simply come as broken sinners. Joel Beeke adds on in his Introduction to Marshall’s work:

Such people become spiritually distressed when they think they must have more love for God, more godliness of heart, more thoughts of God’s attributes, more victory over lusts, more cleansing of their hearts, more impressions of the wrath of God, more confession of sin, and more heart-felt prayer and praise before they trust in Christ for their salvation. Such erroneous ideas only keep people away from Christ.”

and again Marshall says:

While we endeavor to prepare our way to Christ by holy qualifications, we do ratheer fill it with stumbling blocks, and deep pits, whereby our souls are hindered from ever attaining to salvation of Christ.”

We cannot be sanctified before we are justified, for sanctification comes as we are united to Christ. Come to Christ broken as that taxcollector did, who would not dare raise his eyes to the heavens but beat his breast and cried out for mercy. I tell you, this man went to his house justified.

J. C. Hahne

Yesterday I quoted the book “Worldliness” concerning the fact that the church today is wounded and weak, struggling to separate itself from the worlds ways. Yes many times you can’t even tell the difference between a so-called Christian and the rest of the world. We are called as God’s redeemed people to abstain from the fleshly lusts that war against us. We are called to crucify the flesh. We are called to sanctified lives; set apart in holiness toward God Almighty. So how should the church fight, and thus fulfill its call? What is the remedy? The Cross of Christ ! The Gospel of Jesus Christ!

I will quote once again C. J. Mahaney who in turn quotes John Owen.

“If you want to begin  immediately to weaken the influence of worldliness in your life, take the sound advice from the great physician of the soul, John Owen:

owen1‘When someone sets his affections upon the cross and the love of Christ, he crucifies the world as a dead and undesirable thing. The baits of sin lose their attraction and disappear. Fill your affections with the cross of Christ and you will find no room for sin'”

This is what every Christian must decide in his heart to do daily. To fill his affections with the cross of Christ. Doing this will crucify the cares of this world. In and of ourselves it is impossible but as Phil 4:13 says, “I can do all things through HIM who strengthens me.”


Well, I guess it’s been quite a while since I last posted… If you didn’t know we are on furlough in California for 2 months and thus it’s a little harder to keep up with blogging… But enough excuses…

In Ephesians 3:14 -21 Paul prays for the Ephesian church that Christ would dwell in their hearts and that they would be filled with the width, length, depth and height of His love. In other words, that they would be soaked with Jesus in their way of thinking. Paul then continues and gives thanks to God that He is able to above and beyond all that we could ever think or ask, and so we are filled with hope that He will sanctify His people.

In chapter 4 we find these words directly after his prayer…

“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

-Ephesians 4:1-3

If God is so good, so gracious, and able to do exceedingly more than we can imagine, then we ought to be humbled by His great love. We ought to walk worthy of His calling. His calling is to be set apart in holiness; to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and our neighbor as ourselves. We are to do this just as Jesus did it; with all lowliness, gentleness, and longsuffering. O, may Christ dwell in our hearts, for this is the only way in which we can have humble loving hearts. We must look at Christ in the Scriptures and commit our hearts and minds to prayer; that the Holy Spirit would enlighten us. We must treasure the Lord’s Day as we hear Christ preached to us, and remember all that Jesus did for us as we take part in the Lord’s Supper. We must be Christ-filled Christians. I guess that seems like an akward statement, but there are many that try to live a Christ-less Christianity.

“…that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God”

Ephesians 3:17-19

J. C. Hahne

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:8-9

The truth is that the more we comprehend the perfections of God’s holiness and justice, the more we will see the miserable state of our sinfulness. Yes, God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all. On the other hand we were born in sin; in darkness and deparvity. We were slaves to sin…

But God who is rich in mercy, gave us Christ the redeemer as a perfect, everlasting sacrifice for our sins, so that He could justly forgive us and cleanse us from all our unrighteousness. Oh what beauty there is to be found in this gospel truth! He is faithfull and just to forgive for Christ suffered the wrath that we deserved!

J. C. Hahne