Healthy Pursuit of Holiness

Geoff ChapmanFound, Linked, Thinking Out Loud0 Comments

Kevin DeYoung states:

Our union with Christ is fixed and secure. We cannot be more or less in union with him. We have been joined to Christ by the Holy Spirit through faith. But our communion with him allows for variance and degrees. Just as you can’t be more or less married, but can have a sweeter or sourer marriage, so it is with Jesus.

I think this variance is articulated in the classic reformed distinction between amor benevolentiæ and amor complacentiæ.  

As is often the case, a celebrated contemporary debate is not as novel, or as intractable, as we would like to think.

For more of why this is an important issue see David Murray’s thoughtful critique of Tullian Tchividjian’s popular book “Jesus + Nothing = Everything” here.

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