• The Whole Christ

  • Legalism, Antinomianism, and Gospel Assurance - Why the Marrow Controversy Still Matters
  • By: Sinclair B. Ferguson
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (254 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Since the days of the early church, Christians have struggled to understand the relationship between two seemingly contradictory concepts in the Bible: law and gospel. If, as the Apostle Paul says, the law cannot save, what can it do? Is it merely an ancient relic from Old Testament Israel to be discarded? Or is it still valuable for Christians today?

Helping modern Christians think through this complex issue, seasoned pastor and theologian Sinclair Ferguson carefully leads listeners to rediscover an 18th-century debate that sheds light on this present-day doctrinal conundrum: the marrow controversy. After sketching the history of the debate, Ferguson moves on to discuss the theology itself, acting as a wise guide for walking the path between legalism (overemphasis on the law) on the one side and antinomianism (wholesale rejection of the law) on the other.

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A much needed gospel tincture!

Sinclair Ferguson explains this crucial issue with wisdom, insight, and gospel grace. This is an absolute must read for pastors especially.

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The depth of grace explored

This book delves into the "Marrow Conrtroversy" and why it was so pivotal to understanding.the grace of Christ and his relationship to us and our fallen world. It will take several listenings to gather the full depth and nuance of the text so your credits are well spent here. deep and wide is the marrow and the understanding edifying in each iteration.

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Old Argument Required Today

This book discusses a controversy in Scotland that questions the necessity of faith and works. Trust me when I say that there are few issues that need to be rediscovered today in the Western world than this one. Read this book if you’ve ever wondered how works and faith commingle in Christ.

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Wow!!!!

The content of this book is VERY GOOD. The narrator does a SUPERB JOB of reading and has all the appropriate pauses at commas and such. I loved this book so much I bought a hard copy of it and read along with the narrator. Seriously friend, get this book. You’ll be blessed and challenged (especially if you’re a minister).

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The whole Christ is wholly awesome

The book clearly explained the significance of the Marrow controversy in better understanding the relationship of the believer to law, grace and the Gospel. Jesus is shown as the key. The book was well written and read.

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Specified audience

Not for everyone. Although he gets into some big important truths, it can be a tough hang if you’re not locked in to the subject. Very well researched and argued.

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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The book is great. The narration is very good.

What other book might you compare The Whole Christ to and why?

The Marrow of Modern Divinity, which in part, inspired this book.

Which scene was your favorite?

Does not have a scene, and it was all equally good.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No.

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a must read

This book has been instrumental in not only grounding in my assurane of salvation but has educated me in the different Christian views on how one or if one can have assurance. The book also has enabled me to explain why I have assurance to others. I attend a non-denominational church and i am grateful for the grounding this book has given me since some churches stay away from long standing docrinal issue that can be such a blessing.

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Would you listen to The Whole Christ again? Why?

Would not buy this as an audible again. Very detailed book which makes it a better read than a listen. I first bought the hardback, which I have read and underlined extensively. Unfortunately, this book does not lend itself as well to listening. How do you underline what you're hearing?

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, this is a book to be slowly chewed over, not swallowed whole.

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Law vs. Gospel

Excellent explanation of how the legalism can rob believers of their assurance especially if a believer suffers with many doubts because of their sin. This book offers great comfort.

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  • Soji Oluitan
  • 12-20-21

A brilliant book

Well researched, systematic treatise of core questions around law/faith. More importantly, it connects with the listener's heart and mind.

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  • Ken
  • 09-19-18

we are all little legalists...

but there is hope for a cure. take up and read with a prayer in your heart. there is enough medicine here to fully treat your ailing soul.