Sanctification, Not Just Justification, Requires the Gospel

Yet we are on the wrong track if we think that the gospel was only necessary for “getting saved” and not for staying saved – even for growing in holiness.  It is always “in view of God’s mercies” that we can offer ourselves as “a living sacrifice” (Romans 12:1-2).  Our sanctification, no less than our justification depends on Christ’s absolution, so that we live out of gratitude rather than guilt and out of faith rather than self-trust.  No longer trying to make God indebted to us, we receive his gift and share it with others.  The gospel makes us extroverts: looking outside of ourselves to Christ in faith and to our neighbor in love.

Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 132

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2 thoughts on “Sanctification, Not Just Justification, Requires the Gospel

  1. Another great quote that I will be passing along today and in the weeks to come. You might want to correct the spelling of “with” in the next to the last line from “wooth”!

    • Thank you John. Glad that you liked the quote. Moreover, thanks for the edit…guess I can’t pass that off as being KJV English, huh?

      Have a great day.

      Stuart

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