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The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification: Growing in Holiness by Living in Union with Christ Paperback – January 20, 2005
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What I am noticing as I work my way through the original is that Marshall is clearer. Let me give one example. At the end of chapter 4, Marshall is explaining the difference of passive and active faith. He uses the faith given to children as one illustration.
"And, no doubt, Christ is thus united to many infants, who have the spirit of faith and yet cannot act on that faith, because they have not come to the use of their understanding; but those of riper years, that are joined passively to Christ by the spirit of faith, will also join themselves with Him actively, by the act of faith, and, until they act this faith, they cannot know or enjoy their union with Christ, and the comfort of it, or make use of it, in acting any other duties of holiness acceptably in this life."
"I have no doubt that many infants come into union with Christ. Why? Because God gives them the Spirit of faith. These infants cannot yet act in faith like adults do, because they are not yet able to use their understanding to full capacity. However, because of the work of Christ in their hearts, they can be united to him. As they get older, those who have been passively joined to Christ by the Spirit of faith will begin to join themselves to him actively by faith. When they begin to act in faith in this way, they will know and enjoy their union with Christ.Read more ›