This is not the Means of, Nor an Alternative to, but is a Consequence

Following Christ is not the means of, much less an alternative to, but is the consequence of our union with Christ.  Like Christ’s own death, burial and resurrection, baptism is not a repeatable event.  So our Christian life is focused on objective, perfectly completed events in the past, of which the Spirit has made us beneficiaries through the gospel here and now.

Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 151

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