- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan (November 30, 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0310332621
- ISBN-13: 978-0310332626
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.4 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 59 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Saving Life of Christ Paperback – November 18, 1989
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'This book is simply written and will be of much help to new converts and defeated Christians in starting them off to a victorious spiritual life.' -- Bibliotheca Sacra 'Major Thomas points out how many dedicated people, ministers, Sunday school teachers, and the like, have come out of the old life but never gone on to the full, joyous life in Christ. He writes with fresh insight into many Bible passages, and challenges Christians to walk on and take the victory that is already won.' -- Faith at Work '. . . a very inspiring and helpful book.' -- Baptist Standard 'This is one of the most helpful treatments of a neglected subject which has come to this reviewer's attention.' --The Baptist Bulletin '. . . the author evidences keen insight into the definition and activity of the two natures of the believer and the path to victory. This path is explained with refreshing theological objectivity.' --The Sunday School Times 'A deeply spiritual study of the doctrine of the indwelling Christ. . . . Complete surrender is our need that Christ may live through us. We found the book helpful and enriching.' -- The Southern Baptist S.S. Board
About the Author
Major W. Ian Thomas has spent his life in Christian ministry. He founded and directed the Torchbearers, an international evangelistic organization, and is also the author of If I Perish, I Perish.
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Chapter 1 gives a great introduction to the truth that the life of a Christian is the life of Christ being lived in a Christian moment by moment, and is not a life of self. It is an entirely new life - the old has passed away, all has become new. I do have an issue with the amazingly weak way in which Mr Thomas explains the scriptures in which Jesus speaks of eating His flesh and drinking His blood as being merely symbolic concepts for "coming" and "believing". There is an incredible amount more than that which is being spoken of by Jesus in these statements, and the detailed explanation of them in this book is glossed over. (pg 14). The remainder of chapter one is an excellent introduction to the concepts that Thomas will share as stated explicitly in the bible about Christ, our hope for glory.
Chapter 2 begins to look at the "exchanged life", as Hudson Taylor expressed it. That is, the new found, or newly discovered life of the living indwelling Christ as the source for all that a believer says and does. Not merely the Old Covenant attempt to do what is good and holy and right by our efforts, but the truth of Christ's life lived within that empowers us to live even as He calls us to live. The insight into the "salt" and it's value is quite good.
In chapter 3 Thomas considers how spiritual death in the Garden of Eden came through the fall of man. He points out that the "flesh", the sin nature of Adam into which we have been born, is no more a place to remain than for the children of Israel to remain in Egypt. On page 34 he points out that the cross serves two purposes, to erase past sins, and to eliminate the sin nature - because the "flesh - died with Him." Thomas correctly teaches that our sin nature has been (past tense) crucified with Christ as per Romans chapter 6. This is a vital part of the gospel.
In chapter 7, I find that I strongly disagree with what Thomas says: "God never loved you for what you were. God loved you and He still loves you for what He can make of you." I think that God sees me as I really am, and He loves me for who I am, which is exactly who He made me to be. Sin is the manifestation of unbelief that causes me to not accept who God made me to be when He redeemed me. It is not God who is blind about who I am, it is me. (pg 86).
The observations about Amalek as a type of "the flesh" are powerful. In chapter 10, Thomas does a great job of illustrating how Moses disobedience is a parallel to how many Christians live their lives in continuous disobedience to God. On page 115 Thomas sums up true Christianity brilliantly - "Christ not only died for us but we died with Him, that He rose again to live in the power of His Holy Spirit within us, and that we are able to be partakers of Christ now..." Full understanding of our death in Him to the flesh nature in which we were born, and full acceptance of the Spirit nature of Christ into which we now live. This is the complete gospel message.
The book ends with a deep understanding of the fact that as Christ was in God the Father, and God in Christ, so too are we in Christ and Christ in us. Thus we can do all things through Him who strengthens us. We are complete in Him, and He is our life.
This book is excellent and does a great job of revealing the truth of salvation to those who have only received it partially and are not allowing it to be lived in and through them continually. This book is encouraging and a blessing.
I am not putting it very well, that is why you have to read the book. It is excellent. I can't recommend it highly enough. It has definitely opened my eyes to some things.