Devoted to God is Sinclair Ferguson‘s contribution on the subject of the believer’s sanctification. Ferguson is a pastor-theologian. He has ability to both grasp biblical truth and to communicate that truth to the Christian community.
The author intends to provide a manual of biblical teaching on holiness. The reader is intended to learn how to glorify and enjoy God by growing in holiness. Since the Lord is holy, we are to be holy.
Each of the ten chapters focuses on a key passage from the New Testament related to sanctification. In these passages the author highlights that the imperatives to be holy are growths out of the declarations of what God does for our sanctification. It is not so much a how to book but a how God does it book.
Ferguson succeeds in fulfilling his intent for the book. The way he digs into the key texts of Scripture and applies them to his readers should provide instruction and motivation to those who desire to become more like Christ.
His grasp of biblical literature is a real strength of this work. He understands the historical and grammatical aspects of his chosen texts. The teaching carries with it a strong biblical authority.
This book lands squarely in a historic reformed view of sanctification. Other views of sanctification often leave believers guilt ridden or smug, but these old truths are a fresh contribution to the current discussion.
The book took me a little longer to read because I continually found myself having to stop my reading. My mind needed the time to chew on the teaching and absorb its truths for my own sanctification.
If your desire is to grow more and more into the image of our Lord Jesus, then this book comes with my high recommendation. If you want a resource to help you teach others to do so, then you’ll probably want this one.