SlimJim from The Domain For Truth continues with part 8 of his Assurance of Salvation series. While reading through his outline, I was reminded of Walter Marshalls’ The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification (pdf version here). In this day and age of easy believism where anyone who “walks the aisle” is a Christian, I can’t help but be confounded how a holy God, an almighty Deity, seems to have so little changing power in the lives of many of those who call upon His name.
Marshall states very early in this work:
The Lord is not at all loved with that love that is due to Him as Lord of all, if He is not loved with all our heart, spirit and might. We are to love everything in Him, His justice, holiness, sovereign authority, all-seeing eye, and all His decrees, commands, judgements, and all His doings. We are to love Him, not only better than other things, but singly, as only good, the fountain of all goodness; and to reject all fleshly and worldly enjoyments, even our own lives, as if we hated them, when they stand in competition with our enjoyment of Him, or our duty towards Him. We must love Him as to yield ourselves wholly up to His constant service in all things, and to His disposal of us as our absolute Lord, whether it is for prosperity or adversity, life or death. And, for His sake, we are to love our neighbor – even all men, whether they are friends or foes to us; and so do to them in all things, that concern their honor, life, chastity, worldly wealth, credit and content, whatever we would that men should do to us in the like condition (Matt. 7:12). This spiritual universal obedience is the great end to the attainment of which I am directing you. And, that you may not reject my enterprise as impossible, observe that the most I promise is no more than an acceptable performance of these duties of the law such as our gracious merciful God will certainly delight in and be pleased with during our state of imperfection in this world, and such as will end in perfection of holiness and all happiness in the world to come.
This presupposes that we “do” something, which is out of step with current evangelicalism which emphasizes justification by faith alone, which I affirm, but nothing more, which I don’t agree with. Sanctification is something that should be very real in the Christian’s life. As I recently heard it said, sanctification should be the outworking of an incredible joy in our justification. Basically, if we are excited and understand our justification, we will be excited to grow and walk in our sanctification, which is something we do by the power of the Holy Spirit.
So, click the link below and head on over to The Domain For Truth and ask yourself some of the questions that SlimJim poses.
Assurance of Salvation Part 8: Questions to examine ourselves Part 2
I have also included links the the first 7 parts in case you might have missed any of them.
Assurance of Salvation Part 7: Questions to examine ourselves Part 1
Assurance of Salvation Part 6: Do you understand the Gospel?
Assurance of Salvation Part 5: Christians can Know that they are saved
Assurance of Salvation Part 4: Objections to Perseverance of the Saints
Assurance of Salvation Part 3: Perseverance means a Believer Endure
Assurance of Salvation Part 2: Foundation for Perseverance of the Saints.
Assurance of Salvation Part 1: Why study on the topic of Christian assurance?