Tuesday, August 9, 2011

We hope to enjoy Him

Walter Marshall, Puritan pastor and author of The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification, reminds us that we never 'arrive' in our journey of faith in Christ. But we continually hope to enjoy Him to a higher degree. The quote is from the aforementioned book and the emphasis is mine.

Let us observe, and consider diligently, in our whole conversation that though we are partakers of a new holy state by faith in Christ, yet our natural state remains in a measure with all its corrupt principles and properties. As long as we live in this present world, our apprehension of Christ and His perfections in this life is only by faith; whereas by sense and reason we may apprehend much in ourselves contrary to Christ, and this faith is imperfect, so that true believers have cause to pray to God to help their unbelief (Mark 9:24). Therefore, though we receive a perfect Christ by faith, yet the measure and degree of enjoying Him is imperfect; and we hope still, so long as we are in this world, to enjoy Him in a higher degree of perfection than we have done.

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