Pitch Our Rest on Justification, Not Sanctification

“The reason for this mixture is that we carry about us a double principle: grace and nature. The end of it is especially to preserve us from those two dangerous rocks which our natures are prone to dash upon: security and pride, and to force us to pitch our rest on justification, not sanctification, which, besides imperfection, has some stains. Our spiritual fire is like our ordinary fire here below, that is, mixed. Fire is most pure in its own element above; so shall all our graces be when we are where we would be, in heaven, which is our proper element.”

-Richard Sibbes in The Bruised Reed (Banner of Truth, 1998/1630), p. 20

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