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In Light of the Gospel

September 22, 2011

Without the gospel, without drenching our souls in 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 enticements. 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 M. Fitzpatrick and Dennis E. Johnson, Counsel from the Cross, p. 116

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