Book Notes – Salvation Applied by the Spirit: Union with Christ

Peterson, Robert. Salvation Applied by the Spirit: Union with Christ. Wheaton: Crossway, 2014. 464. Print.

I recently received this beautiful volume from Crossway Books and have been devouring it ever since. The topic addressed in this volume could not be timed more perfectly, not only for my personal walk with Christ, but for the generation of young men and women searching for a center point which they can firmly build on. The doctrinal points examined and their necessary out working are some of the most profound aspects of the believer’s life than can be found in any doctrine. I wrote a review over at The Brave Reviews which you can find here. While you’re here though, here’s some information about this volume.

About Salvation Applied by the Spirit

91XDbSh9snL (1)The doctrine of believers’ union with Christ has undergone a renaissance in recent years. Evangelicals are rightly fascinated by this previously neglected doctrine—a doctrine with wide-ranging implications for the whole of Christian theology and the Christian life.

Drawing on his extensive teaching and research experience, theologian Robert Peterson has written one of the most comprehensive theological treatments of union with Christ to date, highlighting the Spirit’s crucial role in uniting God to his people.


“Peterson offers readers a marvelous survey of the union-with-Christ theme by exploring the concept in every major portion of Scripture. Having carefully placed this important theological subject within the overall biblical story, Peterson helps readers understand the rich meaning and wide-ranging implications of this important theme for the church and the Christian life. It is a privilege to commend this carefully organized and well-written volume. Joyful, uplifting, and doxological.”
—David S. Dockery, President, Trinity International University

“This book is a wonderful gift to God’s people as it recovers the significant biblical doctrine of union with Christ. To be saved is to be united with Christ, and Peterson’s treatment of this truth is exegetically and systematically exemplary.”
—Bruce Ashford, Provost and Associate Professor of Theology and Culture, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

“This is a welcome addition to recent literature on the theme of union with Christ. Peterson pursues the theme through the whole of Scripture, reflects on the theological connections and implications of our union with Christ, and draws pastoral applications for the sake of the church. The result is an accessible, penetrating, and full-orbed contribution that will be of theological and spiritual benefit to all its readers.”
—Constantine Campbell, Associate Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“From the surprising Old Testament foundation of Salvation Applied by the Spirit, to the powerful concluding application to our lives today, Robert Peterson applies a lifetime of mature and loving scholarship to the ‘simultaneously wonderful and bewildering’ realities of our union with Christ by the work of the Spirit.”
—Bryan Chapell, President Emeritus, Covenant Theological Seminary; Senior Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church, Peoria, Illinois

“Peterson presents the work of the Spirit in uniting us to Christ—first by exegeting central Bible passages on our union with Christ, and second by relating this teaching to other biblical doctrines, such as the nature of the Spirit himself, the church, the sacraments, and the Christian life. Understanding our union with Christ is a major need of Christians today. Peterson’s account is accurate and profound. It can be a great blessing to our minds, hearts, and lives.”
—John M. Frame, J. D. Trimble Chair of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando

Table of Contents

Part 1: Union with Christ in Scripture

  1. Foundations in the Old Testament
  2. Foundations in the Synoptic Gospels
  3. Foundations in Acts
  4. Union with Christ in John’s Gospel
  5. Union with Christ in Romans
  6. Union with Christ in 1 Corinthians
  7. Union with Christ in 2 Corinthians
  8. Union with Christ in Galatians
  9. Union with Christ in Ephesians
  10. Union with Christ in Philippians
  11. Union with Christ in Colossians
  12. Union with Christ in 1–2 Thessalonians
  13. Union with Christ in the Pastoral Epistles
  14. Union with Christ in Philemon
  15. A Summary of Union with Christ in Paul’s Letters (1)
  16. A Summary of Union with Christ in Paul’s Letters (2)
  17. Union with Christ in Hebrews
  18. Union with Christ in 1–2 Peter
  19. Union with Christ in 1 John
  20. Union with Christ in Revelation

Part 2: Union with Christ in Theology

  1. Union with Christ and the Biblical Story
  2. The Holy Spirit Who Unites Us to Christ: His Personality and Deity
  3. The Works of the Holy Spirit
  4. The Most Important Work of the Holy Spirit
  5. The Christ to Whom We Are United
  6. Union with Christ in the Church
  7. Union with Christ in the Sacraments
  8. Union with Christ in the Christian Life


Format: Printed Caseside
Page Count: 464
ISBN-10: 1-4335-3257-3
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-3257-3
Size: 6.0 in x 9.0 in
Weight: 26.6 ounces
Published: November 30, 2014

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