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Drenching Our Souls in our Union with Christ

July 10, 2010

Although all true Christians want to grow in godliness, many of us miss the truth that the gospel is as necessary to our sanctification as it was to our initial justification. Without the gospel, without drenching our souls in our union with Christ, the quest for moral improvement becomes just that: another quest for self-improvement doomed to futile failure or, worse, arrogant success. But in the light of the gospel, because of all that Jesus has already done, sanctification becomes another sweet evidence of his grace working in us, making us more and more delighted by his abiding presence and less and less enamored with the world’s enticement. Only the extravagant love shown us in the gospel has the power to draw us away from other loves. The beauty of his grace makes everything else seem listless by comparison.

– Elyse Fitzpatrick and Dennis Johnson, Counsel from the Cross, p. 116.

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