George Whitefield Sermon: “Christ, The Believer’s Wisdom, Righteousness, Sanctification And Redemption” -- By: Michael A. G. Haykin

Journal: Southern Baptist Journal of Theology
Volume: SBJT 18:2 (Summer 2014)
Article: George Whitefield Sermon: “Christ, The Believer’s Wisdom, Righteousness, Sanctification And Redemption”
Author: Michael A. G. Haykin


George Whitefield Sermon: “Christ, The Believer’s Wisdom, Righteousness, Sanctification And Redemption”

Michael A. G. Haykin

Introduced and edited by Michael A. G. Haykin

Michael A. G. Haykin is Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also Adjunct Professor of Church History and Spirituality at Toronto Baptist Seminary in Ontario, Canada. Dr. Haykin is the author of many books, including “At the Pure Fountain of Thy Word”: Andrew Fuller As an Apologist (Paternoster Press, 2004), Jonathan Edwards: The Holy Spirit in Revival (Evangelical Press, 2005), and The God Who Draws Near: An Introduction to Biblical Spirituality (Evangelical Press, 2007), and Rediscovering the Church Fathers: Who They Were and How They Shaped the Church (Crossway, 2011).

George Whitefield was not only a remarkable communicator, but he and his preaching were also solidly grounded in biblical theology, as this sermon clearly reveals. “Christ, the Believer’s Wisdom, Righteousness, Sanctification and Redemption” reflects Whitefield’s deep indebtedness to the theological certainties trumpeted forth at the time of the Reformation and by the Puritans, as well as an important response to the theological controversies of the early 1740s. The Wesley brothers were both suspicious of Calvinism, partly because of the stagnant Reformed communities they had seen among the Dissenters, and they were eager to promote a vision of the Christian life at odds with certain aspects of Whitefield’s theological heritage, especially

when it came to the issue of sanctification. In this sermon, Whitefield seeks to elucidate an evangelical Calvinism—though he never mentions that term—as well as elaborate a proper understanding of sanctification. It ends as a normal Whitefield sermon did: with a powerful call to unbelievers to turn to Christ and an exhortation to believers to walk in holiness.

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1 Corinthians 1:30: “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.”1

Of all the verses in the book of God, this which I have now read to you, is, I believe, one of the most comprehensive: what glad tidings does it bring to believers! What precious privileges are they herein invested with! How are they here led to the fountain of them all, I mean, the love, the everlasting love of God the Father! “Of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God i...

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