“By the time I reached the age of eighteen I had probably ‘asked Jesus into my heart five thousand times”
This statement resonates with me because I was exactly the same way. Every sermon which I thought produced a conviction in me would draw me to walk down the aisle and re-give my life to Jesus. I had to assurance of my standing before Christ. I was so unsure of my future that every time the opportunity opened up to me I took it with renewed zeal. Recently I have adopted a Reformed Soteriology I have a fresh understanding of biblical truths regarding salvation and it’s out working in the life of believers.
J.D. Greear writes from personal experience as he explains the truth of our standing before Christ. He presents salvation in terms of two categories; faith and repentance. He goes on to say that, “Repentance and faith are heart postures you take toward the finished work of Christ”. How well he does to follow his own terminology in the remaining pages. J.D. mentions “the finished work of Christ”, no fewer than 32 times in the course of this text. That works out to roughly once every four pages. That’s amazing considering that Greear also uses the terms propitiation, substitution, our righteousness, and advocate in regards to our salvation.
J.D. does an excellent job of summarizing the core of our Christian faith in terms that are easily understandable and, probably more important, easily explainable to anyone. Greear doesn’t use terms too weighty or complex for anyone to understand and provides excellent clarification on statements Scripture uses which could possibly cause some confusion. Greear is obviously well adorned in the doctrine of justification by faith alone and does a service for the church by drawing out it’s implications for us in matters dealing with salvation.
The only thing I could find wrong with this book would not come from me but from those who do not believe in the imputation of righteousness to those who believe in Christ for salvation. This book is filled with that language and anyone reading this would surely get the sense that a high view of Christ and his finished work is what drives Greear. From my standpoint there is nothing in this book but truthful statements straight from the pages of the Bible and anyone who would think differently on the subject of salvation would not have problems with Greear but with the Scriptures themselves.
I believe this book has been a very helpful reminder for me of my assurance of salvation and standing before God based on the finished work of Christ. I have nothing of myself to stand with except for that righteousness which is, as Martin Luther has said, “An alien righteousness”. The Bible would position me before God as a sinner who has earned the wrath of God but it is also provides the remedy which that wrath may be appeased, and the is the finished work of Christ. Anyone who has ever prayed the sinners prayer or has doubted an assured salvation ought to pick this book up and be reminded of the sweeping truth of Christ’ work on the cross.
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