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The Whole Christ

Legalism, Antinomianism, and Gospel Assurance—Why the Marrow Controversy Still Matters

Author Sinclair B. Ferguson
Narrator Derek Perkins
Runtime 7.27 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio
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Release Date January 20, 2016
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Since the days of the early church, Christians have struggled to understand the relationship between two seemingly contradictory concepts in the Bible: law and gospel. If, as the apostle Paul says, the law cannot save, what can it do? Is it merely an ancient relic from Old Testament Israel to be discarded? Or is it still valuable for Christians today? Helping modern Christians think through this complex issue, seasoned pastor and theologian Sinclair Ferguson carefully leads readers to rediscover an eighteenth-century debate that sheds light on this present-day doctrinal conundrum: the Marrow Controversy. After sketching the history of the debate, Ferguson moves on to discuss the theology itself, acting as a wise guide for walking the path between legalism (overemphasis on the law) on the one side and antinomianism (wholesale rejection of the law) on the other.
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Since the days of the early church, Christians have struggled to understand the relationship between two seemingly contradictory concepts in the Bible: law and gospel. If, as the apostle Paul says, the law cannot save, what can it do? Is it merely an ancient relic from Old Testament Israel to be discarded? Or is it still valuable for Christians today? Helping modern Christians think through this complex issue, seasoned pastor and theologian Sinclair Ferguson carefully leads readers to rediscover an eighteenth-century debate that sheds light on this present-day doctrinal conundrum: the Marrow Controversy. After sketching the history of the debate, Ferguson moves on to discuss the theology itself, acting as a wise guide for walking the path between legalism (overemphasis on the law) on the one side and antinomianism (wholesale rejection of the law) on the other.

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A Much Needed Medicine and Message
Paradigm shifting and heartwarming. Excellent forward.

Demonstrates how the classical threefold division of the law into moral (binding on all throughout all ages), ceremonial (sacrificial system and fulfilled), and judicial (expired other than general equity) is native to the Scriptures as you read them in a redemptive-historical fashion through the lense of Christ and his finished work.

Indirectly addresses a number of theological debates in reformed and evangelical circles surrounding law and gospel, the free offer of the gospel, old covenant and new covenant, covenant of life and covenant of grace, justification, sanctification, and union with Christ.

In our modern context of virtue-signalling and morality being continuously redefined, it is so helpful to look back and learn from history and scripture. This book is a tremendous gift to the church today. We desperately need to not just claim but actually stand on the Scriptures and the scriptures alone. We just can't seriously do that when we unawaringly plague ourselves with doubting views of our Father's goodwill towards his children.

This book can be used by God to restore a joyful heart, and that is good medicine.
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Puts works and faith working together
Hard to listen to while driving. Hard to understand how works are required or not required for salvation. But the best I have read supporting this Calvinist position.
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Review by / (Posted on 5/25/2021)
One of the best books of this time!
This book made a huge impact on my thoughts of God and the Bible. The first 4 chapters or so were tedious, and it took some effort to push past them but I’m so glad i did!
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