Book Review: The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges

During last year, I spent a good amount of time reading on books dealing with sanctification. While there are many books that address this teaching, I’ve come to realize that most books on this topic within Reformed circles have two basic problems: (1) they merely repeat and/or reword the doctrine of sanctification found in Reformed…

A Little Time With The 1689: Day 205

Day 206 Of Sanctification. Chapter 13, Paragraph 3. “In which war, although the remaining corruption for a time may much prevail, yet, through the continual supply of strength from the sanctifying Spirit of Christ, the regenerate part does overcome; and so the saints grow in grace, perfecting holiness in the fear of God, pressing after…

A Little Time With The 1689: Day 205

Day 205 Of Sanctification. Chapter 13, Paragraph 2. “This Sanctification is throughout, in the whole man, yet imperfect in this life; there abideth still some remnants of corruption in every part, whence ariseth a continual, and irreconcilable war; the Flesh lusting against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the Flesh.” Scripture Lookup 1 Thessalonians 5:23…

A Little Time With The 1689: Day 204

Day 204 Of Sanctification. Chapter 13, Paragraph 1. “…and they more and more quickened and strengthened in all saving graces, to the practice of all true holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” Scripture Lookup Colossians 1:11 2 Corinthians 7:1 Hebrews 12:14 Reflection In sanctification, those of us in Christ have the sin…

A Little Time With The 1689: Day 203

Day 203 Of Sanctification. Chapter 13, Paragraph 1. “…the dominion of the whole body of sin is destroyed, and the several lusts of it are more and more weakened and mortified…” Scripture Lookup Romans 6:14 Galatians 5:24 Reflection The elect are called, justified, and also sanctified. Through the Holy Spirit and the word of Scripture…

A Little Time With The 1689: Day 202

Day 202 Of Sanctification. Chapter 13, Paragraph 1. “They who are united to Christ, effectually called, and regenerated, having a new heart and a new spirit created in them through the virtue of Christ’s death and resurrection, are also farther sanctified, really and personally, through the same virtue, by his Word and Spirit dwelling in…

Why I Am Not Opposed to Accountability Software

I’ve heard the arguments: “If you are truly indwelt and walking by the Spirit, you should not succumb to the temptation of internet pornography.” “External systems of constraint don’t solve the internal issue of the soul.” “You don’t mortify sin by mere external means.” To all of these I fully agree. No work to mortify…