"...if anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, "What have you that you did not receive?" (1 Cor. 4:7), and, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor. 15:10). (Council of Orange: Canon 6)


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    Our Ongoing Need of Redemption as Christians

    "Fear, lest, by forgetting what you are by nature, you also forget the need that you have of continual pardon, support, and supplies from the Spirit of grace, and so grow proud of your own abilities, or of what you have received from God, and fall into condemnation ... Fear, and that will make you little in your own eyes, keep you humble, put you upon crying to God for protection, and upon lying at his footstool for mercy; that will also make you have low thoughts of your own parts, your own doings and cause you to prefer your brother before yourself. And so you will walk in humiliation and be continually under the teachings of god, and under His conduct in your way, God will teach the humble. "The meek will He guide in judgment, and the meek will He teach His way." (Psalm 25:9) (John Bunyan - The Fear of God, page 96)

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    Posted by John on June 25, 2008 01:39 PM


    A truly excellent article – I hope you will link it in to ‘Sanctification’ as a counter-weight to all those other articles (including Bishop Ryle’s “Holiness”) which strongly imply that, once saved by grace, our progress in the Christian life is then of a different sort (some much more equal partnership between us and God; a sort of ‘muscular Christianity’ on our part).
    I identify with so much of your biography too – saved suddenly in 1984, a honeymoon period which ended, and now the painful realisation that not only do I sin, but in the case of various sins, that I want to go on sinning – indeed seem addicted to their pull even if I do not act them out.
    I too find 2 Peter 1.9 extraordinary but cannot quite feel the force of it. I know my sins are forgiven although the extent of them has been a recent shock. But clearly I remain ‘near sighted’; I have no joy, and do not display Peter’s ‘fruit of sanctification’. I lack energy, and any good works that I could muster would be, and would be seen to be, the result of moralism/legalism, not some natural outpouring. How different from my 1984 experience!
    What do you suggest? (My wife are, and have been, in church fellowships but no-one addresses what is behind 2 Peter 1.9). Can you unpack 2 Peter 1.9 some more for me? (I have found no decent sermons addressing this anywhere).
    In need,

    Hi Richard,

    To this end, I would strongly recommend the sermons and writings of Tim Keller. A balm for the soul.


    I'll second that. Tim lucidly draws on Luther and others to show how the Gospel is massively transformational and how an understanding of the Gospel is key to most, if not all, our fears and problems.

    In particular he expounds 1 Peter in his Gospel Centered Ministry - a 55min talk which leaves you a changed person as you realize Jesus did not just die the death you should of died but lived the life you should have lived.

    Got a problem? You don't believe the Gospel. Work on that!

    Also take a look at the Smashing False Idols series!

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