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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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(1628 1680) served as a fellow at New College, Oxford, and Winchester College, and ministered at Fawley, Hursley, and Gosport, England.
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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. They will really come to understand how comforting saving faith is! They will also begin to live by faith more and more, and thus they will begin more and more to live holy lives."
In this example, Marshall gives one clause to infants. He then transitions to adults and adds the word "until" to reveal that it is as we act the faith Christ gives us we cannot enjoy our union with Christ. In McRae's version he inserts the word "why?" and then seems more inclined to defend this statement. He finishes out the paragraph and chapter referring to infants by using the pronoun "they". Thus, McRae's version comes off like he is enlightening us how Christ works in infants. In Marshall's version it seems that he is showing why we can have faith and yet not see fruit.
Though McRae's version is a fine book, it is not a true updated version but rather an interpretation put into his own language. Though Marshall needed an editor I don't think he needed someone to re interpret his thoughts. In addition, McRae's version is more expensive than Marshall's. You can get Marshall's hard cover addition for $18.97 compared to McRae's for $25.31. However, you can get Marshall's on Kindle for 99 cents!