Ferguson: Supporting the Imperatives to Holiness

While reading in Monergism.com today, I came across this fantastic quote by Sinclair Ferguson in an address he gave at the 2007 Banner of Truth conference this past Spring. It was posted on The Shepherd’s Scrapbook. I loved it and wanted to reproduce it here. Many thanks to the Shepherd’s Scrapbook for making this available.

Sinclair Ferguson,

“The great gospel imperatives to holiness are ever rooted in indicatives of grace that are able to sustain the weight of those imperatives. The Apostles do not make the mistake that’s often made in Christian ministry. [For the Apostles] the indicatives are more powerful than the imperatives in gospel preaching. So often in our preaching our indicatives are not strong enough, great enough, holy enough, or gracious enough to sustain the power of the imperatives. And so our teaching on holiness becomes a whip or a rod to beat our people’s backs because we’ve looked at the New Testament and that’s all we ourselves have seen. We’ve seen our own failure and we’ve seen the imperatives to holiness and we’ve lost sight of the great indicatives of the gospel that sustain those imperatives. … Woven into the warp and woof of the New Testament’s exposition of what it means for us to be holy is the great groundwork that the self-existent, thrice holy, triune God has — in Himself, by Himself and for Himself — committed Himself and all three Persons of His being to bringing about the holiness of His own people. This is the Father’s purpose, the Son’s purchase and the Spirit’s ministry.”

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2 Responses to Ferguson: Supporting the Imperatives to Holiness

  1. reina cherry says:

    just a simple thanks for not budging an inch on the incredible magnitude of the glorious gospel that has been given to us freely and in abundance! make my heart smile big time!

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