Mark provides a valuable section on Christ’s life of faith, a life sustained and empowered by the Spirit, (22f.), showing us that the holiness of Jesus is the pattern for the life of faith. In antinomian Christology there is a neglect of the human nature of Christ. In taking on human nature as the Mediator Christ experienced growth (as he grew) in godliness, he encountered temptation, he engaged in prayer and especially recognized the law as his rule of life. So there is a central place, against which evangelical people have overreacted, of taking Christ as our model and example. It is noteworthy in this connection that after his treatment of sanctification in the Institutes in ‘The Life of the Christian Man’ (III.6) John Calvin provides a discussion of the bearing of the cross. (III.9)
So the adoption of the self-denying and faithful and obedient attitude of Christ is to be the basis of ‘working out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to do for his good pleasure.’ (Phil. 2.12-3). And note the Christological basis of self-discipline in Hebrews 12. We are to run with patience, looking to Jesus…Considering him…and heeding him who warns from heaven’ (12.25) And in I Peter. ‘Christ also suffered for you, leaving an example, so that you might follow in his steps’ (1Pet. 2 21-2). To be clear, or clearer, sanctification is the outworking of new life implanted in regeneration, and nurtured by God. Nevertheless, the activity involved in the life of faith is the believer's activity, as he takes up his cross and follows Jesus.
But I wonder if they do pastoral theology like this any more?