Saved by Grace

Saved by Grace

Saved by Grace

Saved by Grace


'In a day when thoroughgoing study of the doctrine of salvation has been jettisoned as impractical and irrelevant by the church at large, Saved by Grace serves an essential purpose...If you want your mind challenged by the lucid exposition of Scripture in relationship to the technicalities of God's saving work, if you want your passion rekindled regarding the manifold grace of God in the salvation of sinners, this book is for you. Buy it. Absorb it. Make its contents the preeminent message of your ministry.'--Reformation and Revival


This is the third in a series of doctrinal studies. The first, The Bible and the Future, was a presentation of Christian eschatology, or the doctrine of the last things. The second, Created in God’s Image, dealt with Christian anthropology, or the Christian doctrine of man.

This book concerns what theologians call soteriology, or the Christian doctrine of salvation. I have tried to draw answers to my questions in this area primarily from the Bible. My theological position is that of evangelical Christianity, interpreted from a Reformed or Calvinistic perspective.

The Reformed understanding of Scripture begins with a recognition of the sovereignty of God in all things, including our salvation. One of the central teachings of the Bible, sounded repeatedly, like the major theme of a symphony, is that we are saved wholly by grace, through the powerful working of God’s Holy Spirit, on the basis of the all-sufficient work of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

At the same time, however, the Scriptures teach that God saves us not as puppets but as persons, and that we must therefore be active in our salvation. The Bible, in a way which is deeply mysterious, combines God’s sovereignty with our responsibility in the process of our salvation. But we can only love him because he first loved us. To him therefore must be all the praise.

Again I should like to thank my many students at Calvin Theological Seminary, whose questions, challenges, and comments in the classroom helped to deepen my insights into this aspect of Scripture teaching.

I am grateful to the Calvin Theological Library for the use of its excellent resources, and for the privilege of occupying an office in the library during my retirement. I would like to give special thanks to the theological librarian, Peter De Klerk, for his exceptional helpfulness.

The editorial staff at the Eerdmans Publishing Company has provided the kind of expertise that is a joy to an author’s heart. I wish especially to thank Jon Pott and Milton Essenburg.

I owe to my wife, Ruth, more gratitude than I can express for her constant interest and encouragement, for her many suggestions, and for her . . .

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