Book Review: Salvation Accomplished by the Son: The Work of Christ

Peterson, Robert A. Salvation Accomplished by the Son: The Work of Christ.

Robert Peterson offers a warmly semi-academic survey of the nine major “events” in the life of Christ that the Scriptures directly link with our salvation: incarnation, sinless life, death, resurrection, ascension, session, Pentecost, intercession and Second Coming.  He observes that although Christians are universally aware of the necessity of Christ’s death and resurrection, few consider the importance of other salvation-oriented aspects of Jesus’ life.  The second half of the book introduces the reader to the six most significant “pictures” concerning the salvation that Jesus has brought to us.  These include Christ our reconciler, our redeemer, our legal substitute, our victor, our second Adam, and our sacrifice.

Salvation Accomplished provides a thorough, yet accessible look at the work of Christ.  It rejects defective theories of the atonement and argues that Christ’s penal substitution underlies all of the other pictures of our salvation.  Peterson graciously but firmly rejects modern, critical views of salvation and demonstrates the significance of propitiation for the believer.  He also shows that the popular Christus Victor theme, while often mishandled by scholars who use it in place of Christ’s substitutionary sacrifice, is an accurate biblical image.  Christ is our champion.  Christians need to understand better the breadth of Christ’s work, and Peterson has offered a valuable tool to aid in this knowledge.

Note: An appendix defends limited atonement, but the author keeps this point of debate out of the overall text, preferring instead to focus on what the Scriptures emphasize about the work of Christ.

Reviewed by: Brian Hand, Ph.D., Professor of New Testament in BJU Seminary.

This book is available at www.BJUCampusStore.com

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