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Saved from What? Hardcover – July 3, 2002
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"However, when the scripture tells us that God saves us, that salvation is of the Lord, we tend to forget that salvation is from the Lord."
"The last thing in the World the impenitent sinner ever wants to meet on the other side of the grave is God."
The book is titled Saved From What. The What is God. One does not want to suffer under the wrath of God. Man cannot understand God's Grace unless one understands God's Holiness; part of God's Holiness is His hatred of sin. God is a righteous god; He demands man be punished when he wrongs God. Yes, God seeks a contrite heart.
R.C. Sproul has written a complete text on the Holiness of God; he has written a complete text about man's shattered image since man's original sin; he has written several texts about God's Grace; in many text he has made clear the distinction between mercy and justice. Saved From What incorporates these concepts into explaining why God sent an innocent man to die for the guilty. Why did God the Father send His only Son Jesus to earth to live and suffer under the torments of fallen man, to be humiliated by fallen man, and to be executed by fallen man. Why did Jesus suffer as a sinner when He Himself knew not sin? Why was this all needed so repented fallen man may not receive eternal damnation. R.C. Sproul makes clear the impenitent have no part as adopted Children of God the Father.
I do not believe one can share one's Christian faith unless one has a clear concept of God, man's sin, and his need for forgiveness. This book aims to give a clear short explanation of the Good News. The Good News is not about curing physical illness or financial distress. It is about one's relationship with God. It is about being right with God, so one will not receive eternal punishment through the hand of God. R.C. Sproul explains how sin causes a debt to be paid by man, a ransom to be paid by man, and how sin caused man to be cursed. The author elaborates how the death of Jesus on the cross pays the debt, how the crucifixion pays the ransom, and removes God's curse. It is not enough that the punishment for sin is removed but the righteousness of God is imputed to the repentant sinner. Sproul further explains that the repentant believer become children of God. This brings the consequence of the Christian joining Jesus in Heaven. The book concludes with a beatific vision: an explanation of the regenerate man's perception of God and heaven, once he makes his final destination.
When we understand how heinous our sin is, we can begin to realize how great the miracle of salvation by God, through His Son, really is. We can begin to fathom what it means to say that God is love. This book is not scripture in itself, but every claim that Sproul makes is backed by the Bible. God does not desire suffering for us. A good God does not want His creatures to suffer. But because God is good, and not just good, but HOLY, He cannot ignore evil because it offends His very goodness. Therefore, an appropriate companion to this book is another by Sproul, "The Holiness of God." When I read the aforementioned review, it made me cringe, because it showed just how little understanding many people have of God's holiness. Truth and scripture are eternal. The unwritten suggestion that we "modern" people know better than those who still believe in the archaic notion of God's wrath is tantamount to saying that we know better than God, who the Christian must agree is the ultimate Author of scripture.
Isaiah 53:10a states: "But the LORD was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief; if He would render Himself as a guilt offering". Christ's suffering does have value to God, no matter how many "modern" scholars say otherwise. This person left one thing out of their scathing yet ill-founded review. They don't answer the question. If you deny what R.C. Sproul defends, that we are saved from God's eternal, righteous wrath, then you need another conclusion to the question: "Saved from What?" Sproul is true to classical Reform theology, and true to scripture as he answers this question honestly and brilliantly.