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A number of months ago I sought the advice of a seminary professor in order to gain deeper knowledge on the doctrine of sanctification. His recommendation was to read The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification by Walter Marshall (1628-1680).

Marshall’s work is quite excellent at systematically showing how sanctification is inseparable from the person and work of Christ. For example, Marshall writes, “Beware also of trusting on faith itself, as a work of righteousness, instead of trusting on Christ by faith.” This quote, as simple as it is, is a great example of how he applies every nuance of sanctification back to Christ.

My plan is to devote subsequent posts to the further expounding of Marshall’s thoughts. I found this book to be quite refreshing and a worthy recommendation. If you’re interested in increasing your understanding of sanctification, then this book is for you.