20 Quotes from Sinclair Ferguson’s New Book on Legalism, Antinomianism, and Assurance

Ivan Mesa | January 30, 2016


The following 20 quotes caught my attention as I read Sinclair Ferguson’s new book, The Whole Christ: Legalism, Antinomianism, and Gospel Assurance—Why the Marrow Controversy Still Matters (Crossway, 2016). (Read Tim Keller’s foreword.) 

This book nourished my faith even while exposing subtle ways I’m tempted to both legalism and antinomianism, and how the gospel is the answer to both. Yes, a book on an 18th-century Scottish theological controversy over law and grace did all that. Thanks to Tony Reinke for inspiring the 20 quotes idea.


“The benefits of the gospel [justification, reconciliation, redemption, adoption] are in ChristThey do not exist apart from him. They are ours only in him.” (44)

On Pastors and Preaching

“Knowing how to ‘preach Christ from the Old Testament,’ or understanding biblical theology, or seeing the flow of redemptive history, or knowing how to get to Christ from any part of the Scriptures does not necessarily result in actually preaching the person of Jesus Christ himself. Seeing Christ as the solution to a series of clues embedded in the Old Testament is not actually the same as proclaiming Jesus himself, in our flesh, bearing our sins, dying our death, and rising for our justification. A…


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