Today I wanted to share a brief response a friend of mine gave regarding the place of the gospel in both our salvation and our sanctification. As a pastor, Mike Bowen is concerned that his people have a proper understanding of the hope of the gospel, that they might not be crushed by the weight of the law for salvation or sanctification. His hope is that the believer trusts in Christ for salvation and trusts in him for his or her continual growth in grace. The works of obedience flow from the heart of faith.
What follows are his remarks:
I am not antinomian, nor am I opposed to works. Works are necessary. But I think that what motivates and fuels obedience and what provides the nourishment for fruit bearing is "growing in the grace and knowledge" of Jesus.