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Devoted to God
Christians are transformed by the renewing of their minds. They understand that in large measure how they think about the gospel will determine how they will live for God’s glory. They learn to allow the word of God to do its own work, informing and influencing the way they think in order to shape the way they live.
In a series of Scripture-enriched chapters Sinclair B. Ferguson’s 'Devoted to God' works out this principle in detail. It provides what he describes as ‘blueprints for sanctification’—an orderly exposition of central New Testament passages on holiness. Devoted to God thus builds a strong and reliable structural framework for practical Christian living. It stresses the foundational importance of fundamental issues such as union with Christ, the rhythms of spiritual growth, the reality of spiritual conflict, and the role of God’s law. Here is a fresh approach to an always relevant subject, and a working manual to which the Christian can turn again and again for biblical instruction and spiritual direction.
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Sinclair Buchanan Ferguson retired in 2013 as Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina, and returned to his native Scotland. Prior to this he held the Charles Krahe chair for Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary and served Church of Scotland congregations in Unst (Shetland) and Glasgow (St George’s Tron). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen (1971).
Dr Ferguson has authored several books published by the Trust, of which he is a trustee, and a former editor. He retains his position as Professor of Systematic Theology at Redeemer Seminary, Dallas, Texas, and serves as a Teaching Fellow with Ligonier Ministries. He continues to preach God’s Word in churches and at conferences.
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Sinclair Buchanan Ferguson retired in 2013 as Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina, and returned to his native Scotland. Prior to this he held the Charles Krahe chair for Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary and served Church of Scotland congregations in Unst (Shetland) and Glasgow (St George s Tron). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen (1971).
Dr Ferguson has authored several books published by the Trust, of which he is a trustee, and a former editor. He retains his position as Professor of Systematic Theology at Redeemer Seminary, Dallas, Texas, and serves as a Teaching Fellow with Ligonier Ministries. He continues to preach God's Word in churches and at conferences.
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One other thing I would recommend to all readers is that they read the appendices in this book. They are all excellent. Appendix 3, giving an interesting explanation of the possible background to Romans 7, and appendix 4 on the Sabbath Commandment are particularly good.
The title to Ferguson's work on sanctification is not merely a pious expression that sounds good as a title for a book on sanctification, but points us in the direction of what Scripture says about sanctification. The emphasis of Scripture is on the fact (indicative) that God has devoted (sanctified) us to himself by Christ's death for his sheep. Ferguson follows the biblical-theological work of NT Westminster prof. John Murray. While he does not reference him, he is in agreement with David Peterson's work on sanctification entitled "Possessed by God" (notice the similarity to Ferguson's title.)
Each of the 10 chapters are an exposition of a NT passage about sanctification. These passages are:
ch. 1, 1 Pet 1:1-2
ch. 2, Rom 12:1-2
ch. 3, Gal 2:20
ch. 4, Rom 6:1-14
ch. 5, Gal 5:16-17
ch. 6, Col 3:1-12
ch. 7, Rom 8:13
ch. 8, Mt 5:17-20
ch. 9, Heb 12:1-14
ch. 10, Rom 8:29
The first chapter, however, actually has two parts with the first being a theologically rich introduction to sanctification where he re-orients how we define 'holiness' in light of God existing before there was any evil. In other words, instead of thinking of holiness as separation (negative) from evil, holiness is devotion (positive) to God. God's holiness is therefore his trinitarian love (devotion) between the Father, Son, and Spirit. This is helpful because it connects holiness and love (he points out that 1 John says God is light and God is love to say they are not unrelated).
In line with the Westminster Standards, Ferguson contends that sanctification is through faith in Christ. In other words, sanctification is NOT by works (i.e., keeping the law). As Paul argues in Galatians, sanctification is not through performing works of the law (Gal 3:10-12; 5:23b). The Spirit works in us in the same way as we were justified - by faith alone (Gal 3:1-6). Therefore, "God has made provision for our sanctification in the gospel" (p.31) and that "growing in holiness requires that we put down deep roots into the soil of gospel" (p.32). This means we do not progress in sanctification by simply hearing exhortations to "be godly, be righteous, be obedient" (bare imperatives) but by hearing Christ preached to us as crucified and risen for the forgiveness of our sins (again, Gal 3:1). This is not to say preaching can be devoid of or pay little attention to the imperatives of Scripture (what I call an ethical gap). Rather, it means the indicative of the gospel (grace) precedes and is the foundation of the imperative (apostolic commands). The Spirit belongs to the realm of grace/promise, not works/law, so he works in us through faith, not through the power of the flesh.
Unfortunately there is no bibliography, no author index, no Scripture index, and the dull cover artwork is not representative of the book's brilliance. Oddities include biblical references being spelled out in full and relegated to the bottom of the page. I suspect these were added by an editor as I found a couple of errors. Citations of Calvin's commentaries provide the page number instead of reference to the biblical verse within his commentary. It is also unfortunate that Banner did not publish this in hardback.
Ferguson is a model of biblical-theological interpretation and spiritual wisdom and he would not be able to be so if he were not also a model of piety. If you would like to read more from Ferguson on sanctification, he contributed an excellent chapter to "Christian Spirituality: Five Views on Sanctification" eds. Alexander and Forde. Also see his book "The Christian Life: A Doctrinal Introduction."
Mr. Ferguson helped me to understand the Christian's relationship to God's law in a way I understand. It's only taken me 56 years to learn this, but it makes sense now. I highly recommend reading this book. I read this as a follow up to the Marrow Controversy--another book I unreservedly recommend.
The author intends to provide a manual of biblical teaching on holiness. The reader is intended to learn how to glorify and enjoy God by growing in holiness. Since the Lord is holy, we are to be holy.
Each of the ten chapters focuses on a key passage from the New Testament related to sanctification. In these passages the author highlights that the imperatives to be holy are growths out of the declarations of what God does for our sanctification. It is not so much a how to book but a how God does it book.
Ferguson succeeds in fulfilling his intent for the book. The way he digs into the key texts of Scripture and applies them to his readers should provide instruction and motivation to those who desire to become more like Christ.
His grasp of biblical literature is a real strength of this work. He understands the historical and grammatical aspects of his chosen texts. The teaching carries with it a strong biblical authority.
This book lands squarely in a historic reformed view of sanctification. Other views of sanctification often leave believers guilt ridden or smug, but these old truths are a fresh contribution to the current discussion.
The book took me a little longer to read because I continually found myself having to stop my reading. My mind needed the time to chew on the teaching and absorb its truths for my own sanctification.
If your desire is to grow more and more into the image of our Lord Jesus, then this book comes with my high recommendation. If you want a resource to help you teach others to do so, then you’ll probably want this one.