Sanctification and the Gospel

The heart of the Gospel is Jesus Christ in His fullness and union with Him through the Holy Spirit. From Him and in Him are our justification and sanctification….

TheEcclesialCalvinist

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Rather than post something new on the current Tullian Tchvidjian brouhaha (which seems to become more disconcerting and awkward by the day) my brother John (a missionary educator in Africa) reminded me of this article I posted on Ref21 back in 2011. I still think that it covers many of the key issues reasonably well, and it demonstrates that the current controversy did not emerge out of thin air. Here’s an excerpt:

Finally, there is a particular understanding of the gospel at work here. According to Tchividjian and others, the heart of the gospel is the message of justification by grace through faith, and everything else is extracted from this center.  But many Reformed theologians, from Calvin onward, have detected something even more basic–the believer’s union by faith and the Holy Spirit with the incarnate Christ, from whom all the blessings of salvation (both forensic and transformatory) flow.

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