Christian Faith Is Not Just Mental Agreement

Once for all we must be on our guard against the sin of supposing that what God desires of any of us is the mere intellectual acceptance of any statement with regard to Him. Christian belief is only to a limited extent a thing of the head. Yes; let even the pledged servants of Jesus Christ beware of the awful snare of setting mere correctness of theological opinion above personal holiness.

John A. Hutton, The Authority and Person of Our Lord

The Combined Forces of the Trinity

The Father is intimately involved in our lives so that our circumstances train us in godliness. The Son has set us free from both the penalty and the power of sin so that we now live under the reign of grace. The Spirit gives us a new attitude toward sin and a new power to change.

The combined forces of the Trinity are at work in our lives to set us free and make us holy.

Tim Chester, You Can Change (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2010), 53.

HT: Of First Importance

The Effects of Grace

Grace does not merely aid righteous conduct; it also aids in the apprehension of the never-diminishing and nondeterred love of God that makes human righteousness possible. If obedience were merely a defensive posture that [Christians] assume to avert divine wrath or to curry divine favor, then human holiness would be but a euphemism for selfishness. When self-protection and self-promotion become the primary motivations of Christian obedience or preaching, then we have inadvertently made self-satisfaction the Lord of our faith.

Brian Chapell, Christ-centered Preaching, p. 314.