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Salvation Applied by The Spirit: Union with Christ

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The doctrine of believers’ union with Christ has undergone a renaissance in recent years. Evangelicals are rightly fascinated by this previously neglected doctrine—a doctrine with wide-ranging implications for the whole of Christian theology and the Christian life.

Drawing on his extensive teaching and research experience, theologian Robert Peterson has written one of the most comprehensive theological treatments of union with Christ to date, highlighting the Spirit’s crucial role in uniting God to his people.

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“Paul teaches the same truth in Philippians 2. There, after saying that Jesus ‘was in the form of God,’ Paul writes that the Son ‘emptied himself’ by ‘taking the form of a servant’ (vv. 6–7).” (Page 350)

“In his first coming, Jesus, our Great High Priest, offered himself as an atoning sacrifice” (Page 354)

“Texts That Teach Union with Christ in a Narrow (Direct) Sense” (Page 188)

“First, sanctification takes place in union with Christ” (Page 335)

“underlies every step of the application of redemption” (Page 324)

Peterson offers readers a marvelous survey of the union-with-Christ theme by exploring the concept in every major portion of Scripture. Having carefully placed this important theological subject within the overall biblical story, Peterson helps readers understand the rich meaning and wide-ranging implications of this important theme for the church and the Christian life. It is a privilege to commend this carefully organized and well-written volume. Joyful, uplifting, and doxological.

David S. Dockery, Chancellor, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

This is a welcome addition to recent literature on the theme of union with Christ. Peterson pursues the theme through the whole of Scripture, reflects on the theological connections and implications of our union with Christ, and draws pastoral applications for the sake of the church. The result is an accessible, penetrating, and full-orbed contribution that will be of theological and spiritual benefit to all its readers.

Constantine R. Campbell, Senior Vice President of Global Content, Our Daily Bread

From the surprising Old Testament foundation of Salvation Applied by the Spirit, to the powerful concluding application to our lives today, Robert Peterson applies a lifetime of mature and loving scholarship to the ‘simultaneously wonderful and bewildering’ realities of our union with Christ by the work of the Spirit.

Bryan Chapell, Senior Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church, Peoria, Illinois

Peterson presents the work of the Spirit in uniting us to Christ—first by exegeting central Bible passages on our union with Christ, and second by relating this teaching to other biblical doctrines, such as the nature of the Spirit himself, the church, the sacraments, and the Christian life. Understanding our union with Christ is a major need of Christians today. Peterson’s account is accurate and profound. It can be a great blessing to our minds, hearts, and lives.

John M. Frame, Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy Emeritus, Reformed Theological Seminary

  • Title: Salvation Applied by The Spirit: Union with Christ
  • Author: Robert A. Peterson
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Print Publication Date: 2015
  • Logos Release Date: 2015
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Bible › Theology; Mystical union; Salvation › Biblical teaching
  • Resource ID: LLS:9781433532603
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-01-14T21:09:29Z

Robert A. Peterson was professor of systematic theology at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He is author or editor of twenty books, including Salvation Accomplished by the Son: The Work of Christ (Crossway, 2012), Our Secure Salvation: Preservation and Apostasy (P&R Publishing, 2009), and, coedited with Christopher Morgan, Hell Under Fire (Zondervan, 2004).


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