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So Great Salvation: What It Means to Believe in Jesus Christ Paperback – July 1, 1997
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What is salvation? How does God work this miracle in our lives?
One of the greatest themes that challenges the heart and mind of man is salvation. It is not a trivial subject; it is a matter of life and death. Many pastors and authors have attempted to expound upon it. Yet how difficult it is to comprehend God's grace that forgives all our sins every day and night, without preconditions, without works.
Scholar and theologian Charles Ryrie writes on the subject of salvation with humility and compassion. He brings clarity where there is confusion. While he quotes carefully and accurately from a wide range of authors, his final authority is the Word of God.
The gospel is the good news of the grace of God to give forgiveness and eternal life. So Great Salvation shows us that we can be confident of our salvation, certain we are forgiven by God, and sure we are destined for heaven.
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Charles Ryrie also looks at the implications of "lordship salvation." He demonstrates convincingly in this book, that "lordship salvation" does not make sense biblically or theologically. He examines many of the straw man arguments that lordship teachers like to use with regards to Free Grace teaching and many of the misnomers used to label Free Grace teaching (eg. "easy-believism", "cheap grace").
Ryrie also brings up key questions for the reader to ponder. For example, when he once was interacting with those of a lordship persepective he asked this question to them about a hypothetical person who wanted to be saved but smoked and knew it was bad for him, "Can he not be saved until either he gives up smoking or is willing to give up smoking? (page 113)" The reader then can see that if the answer is "yes", then one has introduced a condition other than faith in Christ to receive the gift of eternal life. Yet, unfortunatley, this is what those of a lordship salvation perspective teach.
I found this book to be a great up in clearing up much of the confusion surrounding the Gospel.
The fundamental issue that divides Ryrie and MacArthur is a major one: What must a person do to receive salvation? Other associated issues arise: To be in God's family, must you submit to Christ as lord? What does it mean to repent and turn to Jesus Christ in faith? Do Christians always show visible signs of their regeneration by the Holy Spirit?
On these issues, there are similarities and differences between the authors. Both believe that Christians must bear fruit and be sanctified; the difference between them lies in Ryrie's willingness to allow that some Christians' fruit may never be visible to others. A far more critical distinction revolves around the issue of salvation. Ryrie contends that a person must believe in Jesus' death for your sins and his resurrection from the dead. To Ryrie, this is not a simple acknowlegment of some facts; rather, belief involves a trust in Christ. MacArthur, in contrast, argues that there must at least be a willingness to submit to Christ as lord when you turn in repentance and faith to Christ; Ryrie argues that such willingness often comes later and may never come.
These are important issues, and whether you agree or disagree with him, Ryrie tackles them succinctly and with clarity. He also displays a warm, pastoral concern for people that is mostly lacking from The Gospel According to Jesus. (MacArthur is much more concerned with being hard-hitting in his points.Read more ›
Any serious born again Christian should ponder over this book. Most notable is his exegesis of the passage on the rich young ruler which lordhsip advocates take as a prime text for their view.
Very grateful for this work.
Very early on, he talks about semantics, which often times are simply neglected, but in reality can have a dramatic effect upon how one interprets the scriptures. He then walks you through various situations, using insightful questions and examples to help us arrive at the meaning of a text, using "the whole counsel of God." While it is not meant to be a systematic treatment of the subject, it is well organized and is suitable for both the layman and scholar.
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Ryrie does an outstanding job of addressing controversial issues related to "believe,", as well as carnality, sanctification, eternal security, and other subject matter... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gary Walker
Ryrie rarely disappoints. This may be top 10 reading for all believers.Published 6 months ago by M. Coons
Ryrie gives one of the clearest exposition of salvation available. In fact, I believe the best. Period. Get it if you believe in salvation by grace, through faith. Read morePublished 7 months ago by John
Ryrie has done a great job explaining things concerning the salvation. This book will help the reader to understand fully what does it mean to be saved by Christ. Read morePublished 10 months ago by William Cornelis
I really appreciated the content of this book. The Lordship Salvation heresy needs to be exposed for what it is, another gospel. Read morePublished 10 months ago by John 316
Two things happen when I begin to feel proud about my works and the many things I like to add to God's amazing Grace. Number one: God looks smaller and I look bigger. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Brady Scott