Gospel Meditations: Walter Marshall, 1692
The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification is considered by some as one of the great writings on Christian growth. Walter Marshall writes with a gospel-richness that urges readers to enjoy the comforts of the gospel at every turn. In this Gospel Meditation, Marshall states the importance of drawing near to Christ by His love; the love of someone who once was the sinner's Enemy.
"You cannot love God if you are under the continual, secret suspicion that He is really your enemy! You cannot love God if you secretly think He condemns and hates you. This kind of slavish fear will compel you to some hypocritical obedience—such as what Pharaoh did when he let the Israelites go against His will. However, you will never truly love God if you are compelled only by fear. Your love for God must be won and drawn out by your understanding of God’s love and good ness towards you—just as John testifies in 1 John 4:18-19: ‘There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear, because fear consists of torment; The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us. You simply cannot love God (pursue holiness/progress in sanctification—J.F.) unless you know and understand how much He loves you." - The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification by Walter Marhsall, page 31.
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