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Although Chafer composed this volume to be purely evangelical in essence, not doctrinal or exegetical in nature, believers will find this exploration of salvation to be encouraging and clarifying. Chafer presents a solid and all-encompassing study on this doctrine, starting with a biblical definition of the word, “salvation.” He names the different aspects and implications of salvation, relying completely on Scripture. This volume will help to clear any confusion about salvation and will give invaluable context and explanation for both laity and scholars.

Table of Contents

  • The Word Salvation
  • The Divine Estimate of the Lost
  • The Three-Fold Message of the Cross
  • The Present Values of the Cross to the Unsaved
  • The One Condition of Salvation
  • The Riches of Grace in Christ Jesus
  • Two Cardinal Facts
  • Assurance
  • Rewards, or the Place of Christian Works
  • The Eternal Security of the Believer, Part 1
  • The Eternal Security of the Believer, Part 2
  • An Appeal
Resource Experts
  • Careful examination of doctrine by one of the most influential twentieth-century theologians
  • Includes detailed table of contents
  • Written by one of the key founders of modern dispensationalism

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“This larger use of the word, therefore, combines in it many separate works of God for the individual, such as Atonement, Grace, Propitiation, Forgiveness, Justification, Imputation, Regeneration, Adoption, Sanctification, Redemption and Glorification.” (Pages 1–2)

“Good works are evidently made possible by salvation; but these good works, which follow salvation, do not add anything to the all-sufficient and perfect saving work of God.” (Page 1)

“‘Wherefore remember, that ye being in times past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; that at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world’ (Eph. 2:11, 12). ‘Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is’ (1 Jno. 3:1–2).” (Page 2)

“Seventh, Moreover, no Scripture requires confession of sin as a condition of salvation in this age.” (Page 51)

“The good news of the Gospel does not invite men to any sorrow whatsoever, or to works of repentance alone: it invites them to find immediate ‘joy and peace in believing.’ Repentance, according to the Bible, is a complete change of mind and, as such, is a vital element in saving faith; but it should not now be required, as a separate act, apart from saving faith.” (Pages 50–51)

No subject was more dear to the heart of Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer than the teaching of the Scriptures on the spiritual life.

John F. Walvoord, president of Dallas Theological Seminary

I welcome therefore this present book on these fundamental truths. Having had the privilege of seeing it in manuscript, I bespeak for it the candid attention of all who are concerned for the truth of God.

—C.I. Scofield, in the preface to the 1936 edition of The Kingdom in History and Prophecy

I am glad of the privilege of calling attention to a presentation of the way of salvation which is certain to lead all who read it earnestly to a living faith in Christ, and then to a constant joy because of the abundant and assured provision of God for the Christian life.

—W. H. Griffith Thomas, in the preface to the 1917 edition of Salvation

  • Title: Salvation
  • Author: Lewis Sperry Chafer
  • Publisher: The Sunday School Times Company
  • Publication Date: 1917
  • Pages: 168
Lewis Sperry Chafer

Lewis Sperry Chafer (1871–1952) was a Presbyterian clergyman, an educator, and the founder of Dallas Theological Seminary (originally Evangelical Theological College) in 1924, where he served as president and professor of theology until his death in 1952. Chafer was ordained in 1900 and traveled as an evangelist for 14 years before becoming a Bible lecturer from 1914–1924. Some of his most notable students include C. C. RyrieJ. Vernon McGeeJohn Walvoord, and many others.

Chafer authored the eight-volume Systematic Theology, which was the first dispensational, premillennial systematic theology ever published. Several of Chafer’s other writings, such as DispensationalismSatan, and The Kingdom in History and Prophecy, can be found in the Lewis Sperry Chafer Collection (9 vols.). He also served as the editor of Bibliotheca Sacra, which was acquired by Dallas Theological Seminary in 1933.


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