A brother pointed out this quote from Thomas Watson's The Ten Commandments.
What are the great arguments or incentives to obedience? Obedience makes us precious to God, his favourites...
Friends, rigorously search your theology. Leave no place unchecked! And should you find a thought similar to the one above - crucify it. Bring such blasphemy before the finished work of Christ and let it be shown for what it is.
Dear believer, nothing could make you any more precious to God than what Christ did on your behalf. God has only one favorite - His Son. And anyone united with His Son is precious to Him, and that wholly in spite on themselves (Colossians 1:13).
Your status of "beloved" is the grounds for your pursuit to obey. We don't fight to gain this status; we fight because this status is already ours by virtue of Christ: Jude 1:20; 1 Corinthians 10:14; 1 Corinthians 15:58; Ephesians 5:1; Philippians 2:12; Colossians 3:12
Don't let anyone - even a good Puritan - rob you of the life-giving power of the finished work of Christ and your union with Him.