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Salvation Hardcover – February 25, 2000
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This is a great book for students of the Bible.
Scripturally grounded discussion on the subject. Covering a diverse range of topics, Dr.
Radmacher handles controversial issues with firmness and grace.
The book appears daunting at first, with seventeen chapters and two appendixes. The
author broke up the chapters into six manageable sections. Although it seems strange to
comment on the organization of the book, the way this book has been presented ensures that it
will remain on my shelf as a reference for many years to come.
He opens the book with a discussion on God's provision of salvation. Early on, he
breaks salvation down into three essential categories: justification, sanctification and
glorification. Once he is done with basic definitions, he distills God's purpose in salvation down
to the truth that ultimately, God's greatest motivation in redeeming sinners is that His glory
might be praised through all eternity.
Also in this first section Dr. Radmacher discusses the nature of Christ, and how He
was a fit substitute for us. And not only our sin-bearer, but also our faithful high-priest! He then
moves on to a discussion of God's plan for salvation from "eternity to eternity". It is amazing
how Dr. Radmacher is able to take complex issues such as predestination, foreknowledge and the
eternal state and address them all very clearly in a single chapter!
The next three sections were the most on topic for this class. In sections 2 through 4,
Radmacher talks about God's accomplishments in salvation, the invitation, and the act of
regeneration. This section of the book challenged me. The majority of the book I was able to
read, and walk away encouraged and convicted by the Scriptural truths presented. However, in
the section where Dr. Radmacher addresses repentance and justification, my personal
understanding of the ordo salutus was challenged. Dr. Radmacher makes the observation that
repentance is not necessary for salvation, and in fact, many may be saved who have never
Although I understand most of his argumentation on this issue, this is an area over
which I will need to do more prayerful study.
The final two sections of the book have to do with an explanation of salvation in the
form of sanctification, and also with the security of the believer. Again, Dr. Radmacher
impressed me with his ability to address such difficult issues in a way that is so easily
understood. Because of Dr. Radmacher's "pedigree", I anticipated this to be a rather dry,
scholarly book. Instead, I found a book that challenges and convicts, teaches and encourages and
actually creates a devotional atmosphere at times.
I strongly recommend this book for anyone looking for good illustrations on how to
make the complex simple. When it comes to evangelization, how can we deliver a message
confidently if we do not first wrestle with our understanding of what this salvation is? This book
would be a powerful tool in the arsenal of anyone who obeys the call to go and make disciples.