“The wonder of grace” by Sinclair B. Ferguson

“Doubtless people need warnings against the evils of contemporary society (abortion, apostasy in the visible church, etc). But we cannot build a ministry, nor healthy Christians, on a diet of fulminating against the world.

No. Rather we do this by seeing the Scriptures expose the sin in our own hearts, undeceive us about ourselves, root out the poison that remains in our own hearts—and then helping our people to do the same ‘by the open statement of the truth’ ( 2 Cor. 4:2).

There is only one safe way to do this. Spiritual surgery must be done within the context of God’s grace in Jesus Christ. Only by seeing our sin do we come to see the need for and wonder of grace. But exposing sin is not the same thing as unveiling and applying grace.

We must be familiar with and exponents of the multifaceted power of grace, and know how to apply grace to a variety of spiritual conditions. Truth to tell, exposing sin is easier than applying grace; for, alas, we are more intimate with the former than we sometimes are with the latter. Therein lies our weakness.”

–Sinclair B. Ferguson, “A Preacher’s Decalogue Part II,” Reformation21 (Accessed January 24, 2011) as cited here.

Leave a comment

Filed under Christian Theology, grace, Jesus Christ, Preaching, Puritanical, Quotable Quotes, Sinclair Ferguson, The Gospel

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s