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The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification Paperback – March 30, 2015
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The most important book on sanctification ever written. --John Murray (1898 1975), professor of systematic theology, Westminster Theological Seminary
Walter Marshall s Gospel Mystery of Sanctification is the classic Puritan work on the relationship between justification and sanctification. This book has helped deliver scores of people throughout church history from the bondage of legalism and antinomianism and enabled them to embrace the precious doctrine of justification by gracious faith alone with liberty, without sacrificing the need for grateful fruits of personal holiness. --Joel R. Beeke, president, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan
If you are Reformed and want to know how to preach a robust biblical doctrine of growth in grace in the Christian life that is gospel-shaped, Spirit-empowered, and Christ-centered and that does not denigrate the third use of the law, then Marshall is your man, and Gospel Mystery is your book. --J. Ligon Duncan III, senior minister, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification presents the culmination of Puritan thought on living the Christian life. Combining doctrinal precision and pastoral sensitivity, Walter Marshall shows how sanctification is essential to spiritual life, dependent on spiritual union with Jesus Christ, and inseparable though distinct from justification. He shows how holiness involves both the mind and the soul of the believer and that it is the aim of the Christian life. It is no wonder that this book has been reprinted many times throughout the years and received such high praise from leading ministers of the gospel.
"The most important book on sanctification ever written." John Murray (1898 1975), professor of systematic theology, Westminster Theological Seminary --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Second, WOW! What can I say? Those of us who are Christians only THINK we are. We are NOWHERE near being a Christian than the unsaved\uncoverted are...not by any stretch of the imagination.
This Scripture applies to us: "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12). Why? Because this book cuts right down to the inner heart. It shows us that we that think we stand, take heed, because we don't.
Third, this book is a call to sanctification (Webster's: to make holy; consecrate; to purify or free from sin), to set yourselves apart from the world and do what He asks of you.
Are you ready? Only by His strength can any of us begin to live like this.
First, Marshall support everything he says directly with Scripture.
Second, against the timeless 'antinomian' error he shows that a faith that does not include faith for sanctification is not a saving faith.
Third he shows in detail the difference between works and faith. He goes deeply into the psychology that entraps so many people, especially of 'holiness' type traditions, from actually receiving the transforming power.
In essence, he shows what the Gospel is and what it is not, in the most convincing way. The church, especially the charismatic church (I'm a charismatic), would benefit greatly by learning more deeply the truths in this book, and in fact many do teach them, but few with the depth and insight that Marshall does here. Moreover, Marshall leads you to Christ through His Word-- all other ground being truly sinking sand.
This book is difficult to read however. Though it is small, the print is tiny, and the material is dense, and the presentation plain. The langauge itself however, is not a barrier.
It was this book that was instrumental in the young life of A.B. Simpson founder of the Christian Missionary Alliance