The Whole Christ

Legalism, Antinomianism, and Gospel Assurance—Why the Marrow Controversy Still Matters

Sinclair B Ferguson

Shows us that the antidote to the poison of legalism on the one hand and antinomianism on the other is one and the same: the life-giving gospel of Jesus Christ

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"Full-fat" What place should the Old Testament law have in a Christian's life? This stretching book explores this question through the lens of an episode in church history.

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Since the days of the early church, Christians have wrestled with the relationship between law and gospel. If, as the apostle Paul says, salvation is by grace and the law cannot save, what relevance does the law have for Christians today?

By revisiting the Marrow Controversy—a famous but largely forgotten eighteenth-century debate related to the proper relationship between God’s grace and our works—Sinclair B. Ferguson sheds light on this central issue and why it still matters today. In doing so, he explains how our understanding of the relationship between law and gospel determines our approach to evangelism, our pursuit of sanctification, and even our understanding of God himself.

Ferguson shows us that the antidote to the poison of legalism on the one hand and antinomianism on the other is one and the same: the life-giving gospel of Jesus Christ, in whom we are simultaneously justified by faith, freed for good works, and assured of salvation.

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Contents

  • 1. How a Marrow Grew
  • 2. Grace in the Gospel
  • 3. Preparation, Distortion, Poison
  • 4. Danger! Legalism
  • 5. The Order of Grace
  • 6. Suspicious Symptoms
  • 7. Faces of Antinomianism
  • 8. Causes and Cures
  • 9. The Marrow of Assurance
  • 10. How Assurance of Christ becomes Assurance of Salvation
  • 11. “Hindrances Strew All the Way”
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix: Thomas Boston on Faith

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Author Sinclair B Ferguson
ISBN 9781433548000
Format Hardback
First published January 2016
Dimensions 140mm x 216mm x 23.6mm
Language English
Pages 256
Publisher Crossway
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