“Tabletalk” Interview: Pursuing Holiness by Jerry Bridges

Pursuing Holiness by Jerry Bridges | Reformed Theology Articles at Ligonier.org.

JBridges-1For our Tabletalk feature today we could refer you to the next main article on the theme – “A Summary of Orthodox Christlogy” by Dr.Mark Jones (and you are certainly free to do that!), –  but instead we are going to look at the interview feature in this month’s issue.

Because that interview is with well-known author and teacher Dr.Jerry Bridges, who has written such classics as The Pursuit of HolinessTrusting God: Even When Life Hurts, and Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate.

There are many interesting parts to this “TT” interview – and I encourage you to read all of it at the link provided – but here are a couples of parts that interested me:

Trusting God -JBridgesTT: You point out in your book Trusting God that many Christians find it difficult to trust God in adverse circumstances. What are two ways that we can learn to trust God, even when times are tough?

JB: Trusting God in tough times involves believing first of all in the sovereignty of God; that He is in absolute control of all the events and circumstances of our lives. Second, we must believe that He is just as loving as He is sovereign, and that He allows nothing into our lives that is not for our ultimate good. It also involves believing that He will never leave us nor forsake us in the midst of these tough times. Though these are the main points, we must also realize that God’s ways are often mysterious and inscrutable, so we are called to trust Him even in circumstances that we do not understand.

TT: What are some of the most significant lessons that God has taught you over a lifetime of ministry?

JB: In the order that I learned them, the first would be that God’s Word, both His precepts and promises, is meant to be applied to specific situations in our lives.

The second is the importance of our union with Christ, both as our representative before God in His life and death, and then as the source of our spiritual life as Jesus taught us in the vine-and-branches metaphor of John 15.

The third is that the pursuit of holiness involves our most diligent efforts, but with a dependence on the Holy Spirit to bless those efforts.

The fourth is my understanding and acceptance of the doctrine of God’s sovereign election in our salvation. This is probably the most life-changing of all the lessons.

The fifth is that the gospel is not just for unbelievers and their coming to Christ; rather, all of us who are believers need the gospel every day because we are still practicing sinners.

The sixth is an increased understanding of the role of the indwelling Holy Spirit to apply the work of Christ to us and enable us to grow in the Christian life.

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