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Salvation Accomplished by the Son: The Work of Christ
|Title: Salvation Accomplished by the Son: The Work of Christ|
By: Robert A. Peterson
Number of Pages: 544
Publication Date: 2011
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
Weight: 2 pounds 3 ounces
Stock No: WW507601
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-Thomas R. Schreiner,
James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Robert Peterson has produced a comprehensive study of Christs 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 Christs 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.
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 Jesuss 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 childs faith and profound enough for a scholars 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 Saviora 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 its supposed to be: biblically informed at every turn, historically aware and enriched, culturally engaged, and pastorally presentedall 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 Petersons 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.
Senior Pastor, Mission Road Bible Church, Prairie Village, Kansas
Robert Peterson has given us a wonderful summation of the Bibles witness to the Sons saving work. This book is methodical, thorough, and accessible. It skirts atonement theories and fashionable trends to get at Christs 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 Christs work of redemption, usually focusing on Jesuss dying on the cross to save his people from their sins. While this is an important aspect of Christs 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 Christs saving work. This study not only presents Christs work with careful exegesis, but also magnifies the grace and mercy of God as they are seen in Christs work of salvation. This is a valuable and important contribution to soteriology.
Pastor, Covenant of Grace Church, St. Charles, Missouri Specification
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, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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