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A Gospel-Centered Approach to Growth in Grace, Part 2


I appreciate Bob Kellemen’s approach to the gospel imperatives/indicatives discussion. His definition is good because it affirms that Sanctification is motivated and empowered by grace, but that it also produces results and we participate in the process. It avoids the error of making our law-keeping the cause of our sanctification, and the error of a passive, “Let Go and Let God” approach.

Sanctification is the grace-motivated and grace-empowered art of applying our justification, reconciliation, regeneration, and redemption so that our inner life increasingly reflects the inner life of Christ (relationally, rationally, volitionally, and emotionally) as we put off the old dead person we once were and put on the new person we already are in Christ.

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3 thoughts on “A Gospel-Centered Approach to Growth in Grace, Part 2

  1. Chris Rudy

    I’m not sure I agree with this 100%. The imperative is not used for us to do but to see that we can’t do.


      Hello Chris. This is a difficult area to navigate because our inability should not result in us not trying. The law reveals our inability and it crushes us. Part of this is revealing God’s standard… what He requires. The gospel however, fills us with gratitude so that we begin to desire obedience and it creates obedient desires within us. So yes, an imperative does show our inability but it also motivates us to try out of love and gratitude.

  2. Joseph

    Chris, this is partly true. But doesn’t the law also reveal to us what God desires? The main purpose of the law is to both reveal God’s will to us and show our inability. The gospel on the otherhand is the good news that Jesus has met the demands and assumed the penalty on our behalf. The response to the gospel is good works which flow from a grateful heart.

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