Gospel-Driven Quote of the Week

“…as satan laboureth to loosen our faith, so we must labor to fasten it, by thinking on the promises and covenant of God in Christ’s blood; namely that God is ‘our God’ with all that ever he hath. Which covenant dependeth and hangeth upon God’s own goodness, mercy, and truth only, and not on our obedience or worthiness in any point, for then should we never be certain. Indeed God requireth of us obedience and worthiness, but not that thereby we might be his children and he our Father; but, because He is our Father and we His children, through His own goodness in Christ, therefore requireth he faith and obedience. Now, if we want this obedience and worthiness which he requireth, should we doubt whether he be our Father! Nay, that were to make our obedience and worthiness the cause, and so to put Christ out of place, for whose sake God is our Father.”

John Bradford, English Protestant Reformer and Martyr, 1555 in The Works of John Bradford, vol. 2, p. 153

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2 Responses to Gospel-Driven Quote of the Week

  1. […] You must, because you can: the fruit of being God’s child! Posted on September 25, 2007 by Peter Cockrell Another great gospel-driven quote, posted by John Fonville: […]

  2. […] muse « Spurgeon and I Cause not Effect November 6th, 2007 Bradford:  “Indeed God requireth of us obedience and worthiness, but not that thereby we might be his […]

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