In The Grace of God, the author begins with a word study of the Hebrew and Greek words for "grace" in the Old and New Testament economies. He demonstrates the place of faith in the Old Testament and the relationship of election and grace in the Mosaic law. He then delineates the particular functions of grace through various sections of Scripture with emphasis on the Pauline concept of law and grace in the New Testament.
The book concludes with an excellent pair of appendices: "What is Legalism?" and "What is Liberty?"
Instructive and inspirational, technical and yet simple.
—Grace Theological Review
Charles C. Ryrie is a renowned author and scholar. He has written dozens of books which have sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide. As a scholar, he has served in several capacities throughout this career. He was ordained by the First Baptist Church in Alton, Illinois. He spent five years at Westmont College, first as professor, later as dean of men and chairman of biblical studies and philosophy. In 1958 he became president of Philadelphia College of Bible. He spent most of his career as a professor of systematic theology at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas. The father of three, he is now professor emeritus of systematic theology at Dallas Theological Seminary and acts as visiting professor of theology at Philadelphia College of Bible.
“Furthermore, the concept of grace is the watershed that divides Roman Catholicism from Protestantism, Calvinism from Arminianism, modern liberalism from conservatism. The Roman Catholic Church holds that grace is mediated through its priests and sacraments, while Protestantism generally does not. The Calvinist feels that he glorifies the grace of God by emphasizing the utter helplessness of man apart from grace, while the Arminian sees the grace of God co-operating with man’s abilities and will. Modern liberalism gives an exaggerated place to the abilities of man to decide his own fate and to effect his own salvation entirely apart from God’s grace, while conservatism holds that God’s grace is necessary for salvation.” (Pages 10–11)
“Thus the thought of faithfulness, not the ideas of kindness and mercy, predominates in the grace relationship.” (Page 17)
“is simply this: chesed involves a relationship between those involved in the act of kindness performed.” (Page 16)
“Basically the Greek word for grace, charis, means that which awakens pleasure or secures joy.” (Page 21)
Charles Caldwell Ryrie (1925–2016) was a renowned author and scholar and key figure in the theology of dispensationalism. He received degrees from Haverford College, Dallas Theological Seminary, University of Edinburgh, and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.
Ryrie served as professor of systematic theology and dean of doctoral studies at Dallas Theological Seminary and professor at what is now Cairn University.
Along with frequently contributing to Bibliotheca Sacra, Ryrie authored over 25 books including Dr. Ryrie’s Articles, Transformed by his Glory, Nailing Down a Board: Serving Effectively on the Not-for-Profit Board, The Basis of Premillennial Faith, and Neo-orthodoxy.