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In this unique and insightful work, Salvation Accomplished by the Son: The Work of Christ Robert Peterson insists that we look afresh at all that the Bible teaches about who our Savior is and what he has accomplished, with the conviction that a careful examination of this teaching will lead us to adoration and worship. Peterson explains the saving work of Christ, carefully and methodically chronicling Christ's actions and the biblical pictures illustrating them. Thereby, he points to the magnitude of what Jesus did to save sinners. Offered here is a substantive, significant, and fresh treatise on a key Christian doctrine that draws deeply from Scriptural resources to reaffirm the unique saving work of Jesus Christ.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 544
Vendor: Crossway
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1433507609
ISBN-13: 9781433507601

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After writing and teaching on the subject for nearly thirty years, this beloved professor of theology presents a major volume on the atoning work of Christ.

Author Bio

Robert A. Peterson (PhD, Drew University) is a writer and theologian. He taught for many years at various theological seminaries and has written or edited over thirty books.


“Peterson conducts a full-orbed tour of Christology, particularly highlighting the often neglected role of Christ's resurrection in our salvation. Peterson writes with a pastor’s heart, as is evident in the biblical fidelity and remarkable clarity that marks this work.
-Thomas R. Schreiner,
James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Robert Peterson has produced a comprehensive study of Christ’s saving work that puts the cross at the center, but also shows how it is part of a wider plan. He shows how the atonement must be seen in the context of Christ’s whole life and ministry without compromising the essential truth of his penal substitutionary sacrifice for us. This is a refreshing and insightful study, which is much needed at the present time and deserves to be widely read.
-Gerald Bray,
Research Professor of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School

Dr. Peterson told me in correspondence, ‘my work is not [systematic theology] as much as laying biblical foundations for systematics.’ Well, people can define terms as they like. But I think Salvation Accomplished by the Son is systematic theology at its very best. It deals with doctrines of systematic theology by bringing them into closest proximity with the biblical texts that justify them. That is the kind of systematics of which we need much more. To explore any question about Jesus’s incarnation, atonement, or resurrection, this is the book to which, after Scripture itself, I would turn first.
-John M. Frame,
J. D. Trimble Chair of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando

At the heart of evangelicalism is the simple affirmation 'Jesus saves.' Theologian Robert Peterson shows us that this affirmation is both simple enough for a child’s faith and profound enough for a scholar’s erudition. In this sweeping and comprehensive study, Peterson not only unpacks the full scope of Christ's saving work, from first advent to second; he pastorally applies this to the believer so that the result is not bone-dry theology, but heart-melting doxology. I left this book with a new desire to sing, 'Jesus saves!'
-Sean Michael Lucas,
Senior Minister, The First Presbyterian Church, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

At the center of Christianity is a crucified and risen Savior—a person, event, and picture so profound and massive, we have the sixty-six books of the Bible to unpack it. In this book, trusted and reliable guide Robert Peterson leads us deep into the rich contours of the atoning work of Christ. This is theology as it’s supposed to be: biblically informed at every turn, historically aware and enriched, culturally engaged, and pastorally presented—all leading us to worship the slain and risen Lamb.
-Stephen J. Nichols,
Research Professor of Christianity and Culture, Lancaster Bible College

Nothing should be of greater interest to a believer than the person and work of Jesus Christ. The precious and intricate theology involved in salvation and the glory and nature of Christ excite the deepest affections. In Robert Peterson’s Salvation Accomplished by the Son you will find the most satisfying food for your soul as he navigates the riches of christology and soteriology with deep insight and piercing simplicity. These pages have fueled my worship and motivated my love for Jesus. Read this book and you will bask in the glory of the Son.
-Rick Holland,
Senior Pastor, Mission Road Bible Church, Prairie Village, Kansas

Robert Peterson has given us a wonderful summation of the Bible’s witness to the Son’s saving work. This book is methodical, thorough, and accessible. It skirts atonement theories and fashionable trends to get at Christ’s atoning actions and roles. We learn that the gospel message is not flat and simplistic but multi-dimensional, nuanced, and rich. This book is an extended embodiment of the ancient invitation to ‘behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.
-Robert W. Yarbrough,
Professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary

There are many works dealing with Christ’s work of redemption, usually focusing on Jesus’s dying on the cross to save his people from their sins. While this is an important aspect of Christ’s saving work, it is not the complete picture. Dr. Peterson, in examining nine saving events of Christ and six scriptural aspects of his work, presents a more complete picture of Christ’s saving work. This study not only presents Christ’s work with careful exegesis, but also magnifies the grace and mercy of God as they are seen in Christ’s work of salvation. This is a valuable and important contribution to soteriology.
-Van Lees,
Pastor, Covenant of Grace Church, St. Charles, Missouri Specification

Dr. Peterson's work on soteriology (doctrine of salvation), Salvation Accomplished by the Son, is thorough. That is like saying water is wet, the sun shines, and that Enzo Ferrari liked to tinker with car engines. This is a well-thought, well-presented treatment of Christ’s accomplishments for us in what we simply call 'salvation.'

Peterson organizes his presentation in two groups: events, of which there are nine, and pictures, of which he discusses six. Each chapter works carefully through the entire body of Scripture to not only discover where these truths are found, but to understand them in their contexts so that a well-rounded understanding of each component will result in a greater understanding of the topic as a whole.

What emerges is a multi-faceted gem. The lay person who understands that Jesus died for his sin will gain a greater understanding of the depths to which Jesus went to make salvation possible. The scholar who understands the theological underpinnings of the gospel will gain a fuller appreciation of the breadth of Messiah's work in, among, and for mankind. The well-versed scholar will increase their admiration for the Messiah King. Only the ignorant and the foolish will find this work of little value.

The vastness of Christ's salvific work is seen in the events that accomplish it. Peterson makes a solidly biblical case for salvation built on Jesus' incarnation, sinless life, death, resurrection, ascension, session, Pentecost, intercession, and second coming. To eliminate any of these, Peterson claims, is to misunderstand the events that make salvation possible. While I am in no theological position to quibble with the likes of Dr. Peterson, I found the arguments for Pentecost to be a bit strained. The work and event would have nicely fit into the ascension, session, and intercession topics. Be that as it may, the events are covered in considerable detail, so the reader does not miss the rich details.

The event pictures of salvation are the proverbial cherries on the sundae. To help the reader better understand the events and accomplishments of salvation, the word pictures describing our Savior are discussed. Peterson discusses the pictures of Reconciler, Redeemer, Legal Substitute, Victor, Second Adam, and Sacrifice so that the reader not only understands Christ's role in each part but also understands how those roles differ and complement each other from a biblical perspective. Again, the entirety of Scripture's teaching is brought to bear on each topic to form a cohesive whole.

If the events were the sundae and the pictures the cherry, then the appended work is the sprinkle. Peterson very carefully covers the extent of the atonement, striking a careful balance between the Arminian and Calvinistic positions that remains faithful to Scripture without mindlessly bending to either position. Granted, one position will feel mistreated while the other sees their supported, but the tone is gentle, fair, and kind.

This is not a quick read. This is not an easy read. This is, however, a must read. You will be better for the investment you make of time, thought, money, and energy. Your heart will be better for it, as you will get much "praise therapy" in the process. - Charles Eldred,

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    January 30, 2012
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    "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it." John 1:1-5 ESV

    The Word is logos and "it conveys the notion of divine self-expression or speech and has a rich OT background. God's Word is effective: God speaks, and things come in to being, and by speech he relates personally to his people." ESV Study Bible Crossway, study notes, page 2019.

    God has expressed himself through and in his Son Jesus. Jesus is "the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us." John 1:14 ESV

    This begins our study of Salvation Accomplished By The Son the Work of Christ!

    The introduction is an important starting point on what the author calls, "our journey." I love it that he invited us; we are not perceived as faceless reader's, but as fellow travelers on this journey to study Christ. In the introduction the author Robert Peterson is straight to the point in giving his reasons for writing this lengthy book. He tells us why we should read this book. He especially makes a point to tell us that Christ's death and resurrection is still debated, and as believer's in Him we should understand and "know" what we believe. The author believes this book can guide us in to knowing Christ's work more fully.

    The book is divided in to 2 parts:

    Part 1: Events, Jesus' Saving Events

    Part 2: Pictures, Pictures of Jesus' Saving Events

    In Part 1 the author looks at 9 important areas of Jesus' saving events, they are:

    1. Christs' Incarnation

    2. Christ's Sinless Life

    3. Christ's Death

    4. Christ's Resurrection

    5. Christ's Ascension

    6. Christ's Session

    7. Christ's Pentecost

    8. Christ's Intercession

    9. Christ's Second Coming

    In Part 2 he gives 6 pictures of Jesus' Saving Events, they are:

    10. Christ Our Reconciler

    11. Christ Our Redeemer

    12. Christ Our Legal Substitute

    13. Christ Our Victor

    14. Christ Our Second Adam

    15. Christ Our Sacrifice

    I have chosen 1 chapter from each part to review.

    From Part 1, Chapter 7 Pentecost~~~

    ~~~The definition of Pentecost is fiftieth. It was celebrated 50 days after Passover. This was the Feast of Weeks; see Deuteronomy 16:10, Leviticus 23:15-16; or the Feast of Harvest, see Exodus 23-16.

    Pentecost in the New Testament and for Christian's is known as the point when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Church, see Acts chapter 2. Jesus had promised to send His Spirit, the helper; see Luke 24:49; John 14:25-26, 15:26 and Acts 1:8. Definition summarized from Mounce's Complete Expository Dictionary.

    Robert A. Peterson explains that the "world" system is indifferent to, and does not believe in, something they cannot see. I find this interesting considering how many ghost movies and shows there are. But the "world" believes in what they can see, touch, and define by our senses. Thus the Holy Spirit is rejected as nonsense.

    The Holy Spirit at Pentecost in chapter 2 of Acts was poured out, breathed out, on the apostles that were gathered together, and on the Church.

    Robert A. Peterson states, "His breathing on the disciples in John 20:22 while saying, 'receive the Holy Spirit' symbolically predicts their reception of the Spirit at Pentecost. His breathing on them recalls God's breathing into Adam the breath of life, Genesis 2:7. Christ's action thus portrays Pentecost as the beginning of the new creation of God in the Church."

    The word breath is pneuma in Greek. "Jesus uses pneuma twice: once for wind or air, and once for the Spirit." Mounce's Complete Expository Dictionary.

    Peterson explains, "God sent a mighty wind to indicate that He was about to pour out the Holy wind of God upon the Apostles."

    "The sound of the wind signaled the arrival of the Spirit, who makes the dead alive. The wind was the breath of God, breathed into the new humanity."---quote used in book and taken from Dennis Johnson.

    The Holy Spirit equipped the disciples for the ministry, and the Holy Spirit equips the Church which is us for the ministry.

    ~~~This was my favorite chapter in the book. I read it twice. I felt Robert A. Peterson stated his points perfectly. The reason I chose to read it twice is it is a deep deep book, I wanted to make sure that what I'd read soaked in.

    Peterson addressed the "world" at large as well as the Christian community. He stated a fact that the "world" which is the cosmos does not accept Jesus' death, burial, resurrection. They reject the Holy Spirit, they believe it is a bunch of hullabaloo. It was important to bring this to our attention because as Christians we cannot live in a bubble, so to speak, we must work and live amongst people that are hostile to Jesus. In understanding a bit more, not only in how the "world" thinks, but also know more about what Scripture states we will better be able to encounter them in a different way other than by avoidance or judgmental attitude. The "world" may not believe as we do, but they are certainly watching.

    I had not yet known or was not listening before I read this book, that, "Pentecost was a proclamation of the new covenant because Scripture sets Pentecost over against the giving of the law at Mt. Sinai. The new covenant supersedes the old. Pentecost publicly marks the transition from the old to the new covenant." I thought that Christ's death on the cross was that pivotal point.

    From Part 2, Chapter 14 Christ Our Second Adam~~~

    ~~~"Definition-The second Adam is the NT picture of Christ's saving work in which, through His 'one act of righteousness" He restores humankind's lost glory, honor and rule over the earth." See Romans 5:18. See 1 Corinthians 15 to read more about Christ Our Second Adam.

    Peterson believes "this point is the most neglected of the 6 pictures of Christ's saving work."

    I'm glad Peterson taught on Jesus' temptation in the desert. The first Adam had been tempted in the garden, and he had failed. Jesus was tempted in the desert three times and he passed at each point.

    Peterson shows the Second Adam in Paul's epistles. The Second Adam is seen in Hebrews Scriptures as well, see chapter 2:5-10.

    ~~~This chapter on Christ Our Second Adam was rich in explaining the first Adam's failure, penalty of death, and our need for the saving redeeming work of Christ Jesus.

    ~~~At the end of each of his chapters he wraps up nicely summarizing what he'd written and we'd learned.

    In the second part this wrap-up section is detailed; for example he gives not just a definition, but texts used, background, and relation to other doctrines.

    I've noticed that as a writer Peterson is personable, approachable; he is not a dry monotone theological writer. I appreciated this so much!

    This is a book that I felt was written for the Christian community, not just for pastor's, or theologians, or those of academic background.

    Much of what was written about I knew, but I feel I now have a more solidity of bedrock after reading this book.

    The last chapter in the book is geared to define Calvinist belief or Reformed teaching. The title is The Extent of the Atonement, listed as an Appendix. They believe in limited atonement rather than unlimited atonement. Another words they believe Christ died for only certain people, not for all. They explain several Scriptures and I felt they stated their case well, except for 1 important Scripture that they are stumped on. I appreciated it that he was honest on this point.

    "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16 ESV

    Thank you to Crossway for my free review copy in exchange for an honest review.
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