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Drawing on his extensive teaching and research experience, theologian Robert Peterson has written one of the most comprehensive theological treatments of union with Christ to date, highlighting the Spirit's crucial role in uniting God to his people.
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Publication Date: 2014
The doctrine of believers union with Christ has undergone a renaissance in recent years. Evangelicals are rightly fascinated by this previously neglected doctrinea doctrine with wide-ranging implications for the whole of Christian theology and the Christian life.
Drawing on his extensive teaching and research experience, theologian Robert Peterson has written one of the most comprehensive theological treatments of union with Christ to date, highlighting the Spirits crucial role in uniting God to his people.
ArmandoLaredo, TX.Age: 35-44Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Great ResourceMay 30, 2016ArmandoLaredo, TX.Age: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0The book is a good treatment on the doctrine of union with Christ. It is a good analysis of how is the work of the Holy Spirit in the believer's union with Christ. The first part of the book explores relevant Scripture passages from the Old Testament starting reaching the Gospels, Acts and the Epistles, with good applications in a systematic way. While the second part the author presents theological conclusions.
An interesting statement does is: "Using allegorical interpretation, some find Christ in the most unlikely places. However, we must tie our reading of the text to the concerns of the original author and audience. The original Old Testament authors and audiences predated Jesus by centuries. Thus, we must avoid the error of reading the Old Testament anachronistically, as though its writers had Romans open alongside the Torah.
Today we have the added benefit of reading the Old Testament in light of the New Testament. However, while our awareness of the Sons arrival on the scene should inform our interpretation of the Old Testament, it must not overwhelm the immediate circumstances in which the text was given."
The doctrine of the Union is perhaps one of the least taught in the modern church and is essential for the understanding of the blessings obtained by Christ through His work and that it is essential to understand to enrich Christian life. The exhibition is useful and biblical, although directed more towards a skilled reader could require a very careful reading, but it is a good book to have in every healthy library. And a good resource for all pastor and teacher to continue reviewing and exploring the subject for future Bible studies.
Disclaimer: I received a review copy of the book through Crossway. I was not obligated by the publisher to give any specific type of feedback whatsoever.
contemplativereflections4 Stars Out Of 5Book Review: Salvation Applied by the SpiritApril 12, 2016contemplativereflectionsQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0In "Salvation Applied by the Spirit," Robert Peterson focuses on the doctrine of union with Christ and its wide-ranging implications to the Christian life. The author asserts that union with Christ is the foundation by which all the benefits that Christ has gained on the cross are conferred to every believer that puts their faith in Him. The first part of the book ("Union with Christ in Scripture") aims to analyze the many references that explicitly or implicitly teach this doctrine throughout the Bible. This exercise takes up more than 60% of the book's length so readers will need to be prepared for the extensive treatment that Peterson employs to show that union with Christ is a biblical and foundational doctrine. I appreciate how the author takes the effort to flesh out the many definitions and contexts in which "in Christ" language is used throughout Scripture. The second half of the book ("Union with Christ in Theology") attempts to show how union with Christ is integral in understanding the Bible's story, the works of the Holy Spirit, and the Christian life. In this section, I was encouraged by the author's point that we are able to receive and enjoy all blessings from the Father only through the saving work of Christ and the unifying work of the Holy Spirit. This intimacy that we have with the Trinity is made possible through our union with Christ.
I would recommend this book for Christians looking to learn more about the important doctrine of union with Christ. However, I would caution that the book is advanced reading and presupposes the reader to have a good grasp of Scripture and doctrine (especially Christology). I certainly found it quite challenging going through the first part of the book although the effort is definitely worth it when one realizes how the Bible is replete with references to union with Christ. The second part is much less demanding and provides practical applications of how this doctrine impacts our daily lives. After reading this book, I encourage all believers to earnestly reflect on their union with Christ. Peterson reminds readers that our union with Christ is a present reality and foretaste of the fullness and joy that we will enjoy when Christ returns and we will be together with Him forever.
In compliance with Federal Trade Commission regulations, I was provided a free review copy of this book from Crossway.
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