The Message of Salvation: By God's Grace, for God's Glory (Bible Speaks Today: Bible Themes) Paperback – 1 Feb 2002
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Salvation is a well-worn Christian term. We think we know what it means. But biblically speaking, sa....
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The book is divided into four parts. Each part then has four to six chapters in it. The four parts are:
Saved from sin
Saved by grace
Saved through faith
Saved for God's glory.
The whole sweep of the Bible's teaching on salvation is here, Ryken does not omit any area of the Bible's teaching on this vital subject. Human sin, human corruption, election, Christ's atonement, justification, propitiation, redemption, reconciliation, regeneration, etc etc are all covered in meticulous detail. Yet this is no academic theological tome written only for professors in seminaries. Each chapter is actually an exposition of a passage of Scripture. So, for example, when dealing with human sin Ryken expounds Genesis 2:15-3:6 to explain the origin of sin and then Genesis 3:7-24 to explain the effects of sin. Theologically Ryken is, of course, reformed and this comes through in the book, though this should in no way worry any Arminians.
There are some delightfully profound insights which bring the book to life. For example, when dealing with the subject of the church, Ryken expounds Acts 2:42-47, "They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching, to the breaking of bread, to the prayers and the fellowship. And the Lord added daily to their number those who were being saved." Ryken makes the point that it is the Lord who added to their numbers since it is He who saves. Then he makes the point that the church did not devote themselves to evangelism and yet experienced growth.Read more ›
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Each chapter in the book takes a particularly pertinent Biblical passage on a specific topic and serves as a theological exposition of the passage and the issues it raises. This is in keeping with the whole series of which this book is apart. The book is divided into 4 logical sections. Part 1 entitled, "Saved from Sin" deals with the problem salvation is poised to remedy. Part 2 entitled, "Saved by Grace" deals with the ground of salvation and those topics that serve as the objective accomplishments of God on behalf of sinners. Part 3 entitled, "Saved through Faith" deals with the instruments of salvation and those topics related to the subjective application of salvation. Finally Part 4 entitled, "Saved for God's Glory" deals with the present and future implications of salvation.
If one wants to get a firmer grasp of the gospel, what it means, and how it applies to the believer and non-believer alike, this is perhaps the best resource available. It complements well many older works like John Stott's "The Cross of Christ"; John Murray's "Redemption Accomplished and Applied" and Leon Morris' volumes on the topic of which "The Atonement" is the most accessible. Although other works are better to explore individual topics of salvation (i.e. justification, atonement, election, etc...); few exceed this one for it breadth of coverage, accesiblity, and throughly Biblical treatment. The only advantage Demarest's work has over against Ryken is the historical treatment of each of the key topics in a systematic treatment of salvation. Although it is more comphrehensive and is chock-full of Scripture references it is more of a reference work than a book one would want to sit down and read as a means of immediate edification. For the latter purpose, Ryken is the way to go.
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