I think that the Lordship Salvation controversy is mostly dead, but thought that these words from John Owen are relevant nonetheless:
We cannot so receive Christ in the promise, as in that
act of receiving him to exclude the consideration of any of his offices;
for as he is not at any time to be considered by us but as vested with all his
offices, so a distinct conception of the mind to receive Christ as a priest,
but not as a king or prophet , is not faith, but unbelief, — not the
receiving, but the rejecting of him.
Owen is careful to note that justifying faith does not merely lay hold of the gracious promises and then turn it’s back on the commands of Christ as Lord. The one and same faith lays hold of the promises and seeks to obey the commands. It’s an all or nothing proposition for Owen.
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