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  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co (31 Dec. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802808573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802808578
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.3 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,113,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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BY HIS TOTAL OBEDIENCE TO THE FATHER AND BY HIS SUFFERING, death, and resurrection, our Lord Jesus Christ earned for us salvation from sin and from all its results. Read the first page
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Jan. 1999
Format: Paperback
Hoekema brings much light to a dark soul! If you are looking for a book about Christian salvation that is both readable and academically solid look no further. Hoekema writes clearly and with both a clear pastoral perspective and a sharp theological edge. You will walk away from this book with a solid understanding of the doctrines of salvation.
A must read for every Christian!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
One of the Best Introductory Works on Reformed Soteriology 24 Mar. 2009
By William Turner - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book was an excellent introductory work on Reformed soteriology (doctrine of salvation). Hoekema takes the reader through every important issue on the subject ranging from regeneration and glorification to the ordo salutis and Union with Christ. This reader, though not as consistently Reformed as the author, truly appreciated the generous interaction with other Reformed writers (especially in the Dutch Reformed tradition) and the even-handedness the author maintained throughout this work.

In my experiences with Reformed teaching (simplified down at times to the "Doctrines of Grace") I've learned to expect a rigorous and detailed handling of God's plan in human salvation. This book does not fail to deliver in any of these aspects. Whereas some Reformed theologians seem to emphasize certain areas of Reformed soteriology which at times seem out of balance (such as Berkhof's understanding of our "Union with Christ" to be actualized already prior to regeneration), Hoekema gives a more balanced, and in my opinion, biblical treatment of difficult areas such as the ordo salutis and "Union with Christ." He interacts generously with John Murray, Louis Berkhof (his mentor), Herman Bavinck, and G.C. Berkhouwer in these difficult areas. He sums it up well by saying how important it is that we maintain both firmly, which I would agree fully.

Throughout every important area of our salvation/redemption Hoekema gives detailed biblical support for his classical Reformed views. This reader appreciated how every area was brought into the light of scripture in a detailed and thorough manner. Also, one peripheral area I felt encouraged by was his understanding of regeneration and his refutation of the common misunderstanding that one can be regenerate for a long period of time yet not come to faith for a period of months, maybe even years. I felt his critique of Kuyper and Berkhof in certain places was well warranted and appreciated the willingness of the author to disagree in some of the areas within his own Dutch Reformed tradition (especially in the area of "actualization" in justification and eternal life). Though I wasn't always convinced of his exegesis, I felt extremely encouraged and nourished by his understanding of many biblical truths.

In closing, this book is only an "introductory work" for those who may have already read a handful of books on Reformed soteriology. The book is not overly-technical by any means yet displays a lucid clarity and simplicity that allows any reader to engage with what the author is saying. I highly recommend this book for pastors, laymen, and students of the bible. This is a high-quality book from a consistently Reformed perspective concerning God's salvation and man's redemption. An excellent read.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Salvation thoroughly explained 31 Jan. 2006
By M. J. Keel - Published on
Format: Paperback
I can't begin to tell you how helpful I found and will continue to find this book. It delves deep into the Bible to explain all the ins and outs of God's saving people from their sins. Hoekema interacts with church history, contemporary theology, popluar teaching across denominations, as well as classical, medieval, and reformation era theologians on the subject of salvation. This book is thorough yet readable. It is not for a new Christian, but if you want to go beyond the basics this is the book for you.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great Book on Soteriology 19 April 2005
By theologicalresearcher - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is a very good outline of soteriology from the Reformed perspective. Anyone who wants to get a good dose of the doctrine of salvation from a traditional Reformed perspective should read this. Though it gets into technicalities and some Greek it is readable and organized. However, Hoekema's "Dutch Reformed" background lets some of his interpretations be influenced by that background. For example, his interpretation of Romans 7. For students wanting to understand what the Reformed camp teaches regarding salvation this book is for you.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Countering Vacuous Evangelicalism 23 April 2013
By Christopher Cole - Published on
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I have a concern that today's evangelical church is falling further and further away from the clarity of the Gospel that came out of the Reformation. Sin isn't so sinful; grace isn't so gracious; salvation isn't so radical. this book is an antidote to that. Hoekema writes from a confessional Reformed point of view. Not only does he explicitly use materials from the classic Reformed confessions, especially the Westminster Confession and the Canons of Dordt, but he intersperses those doctrines throughout the text. He has no section on the (so-called) Five Points of Calvinism, but each one comes up in a natural fashion. He deals with justification and sanctification, as well as the connection between the two. As he does so, he addresses the alternative views of Catholicism, Arminianism, Wesleyanism, and Pentecostalism. He preserves the Reformational proclamation of salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, and for the glory of God alone, from the watered-down Gospel of American evangelicalism.

Hoekema's style is conversational. In fact, to me it seemed to have the tone of classroom lectures. My guess is that the book actually grew out of his classroom work.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Confessional, Conservative, and Creative 18 Aug. 2012
By N. Smith - Published on
Format: Paperback
I've had Anthony Hoekema's (1913-1988, professor of systematic theology at Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI) theological works on my shelf for several years, acquiring them as I encountered more and more positive references to his work in other books. I am glad now to be able to recommend them myself. In all three books (Created in God's Image, Saved by Grace, and The Bible and the Future), Hoekema capably summarizes the Continental Reformed tradition, engaging theologians like Kuyper, Bavinck, and Berkouwer, and consistently using Confessional language throughout. When he engages controversial issues, he does so charitably while offering some of his own theological contributions to on-going discussions.

In Saved by Grace, Hoekema gives a confessionally Reformed treatment of the doctrine of salvation while offering many of his own theological contributions. His discussions of union with Christ, definitive sanctification, the relationship between faith and obedience, the final judgment, and the cosmic dimension of redemption are all particularly valuable. Perhaps most importantly, he provides a helpful discussion of the place and nature of the ordo salutis, joining Calvin and Murray in treating union with Christ as primary and central to salvation.
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