The Christian understanding of the meaning of the death of Jesus Christ and its relationship to the salvation of sinful humanity is currently the subject of intense debate and criticism. The papers covering this important area are expanded versions of the 2006 series of Chuen King Lectures given in the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
In the first two chapters Howard Marshall discusses the nature of the human plight in relation to the judgment of God and then offers a nuanced defense of the doctrine of the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ for sinners. The third chapter examines the place of the resurrection of Christ as an integral part of the process whereby sinners are put in the right with God. In the final chapter argues that in our communication of the gospel today the New Testament concept of reconciliation may be the most comprehensive and apt expression of the lasting significance of the death of Christ.
“The resurrection of Christ is not simply a return to the physical life in this world that he had before his crucifixion, but it is his re-entry into the spiritual life that he enjoyed before the incarnation.” (Page 78)
“Evangelicalism is that form of the Christian faith which is associated with the revival movement that took place in Europe and North America during the eighteenth century.” (Page 2)
“In what way is the death of Jesus Christ the ground of our salvation?” (Page 4)
“Atonement means the covering of sin by something which God Himself had provided and therefore the covering of sin by God Himself.” (Page 41)
“Why does this divine/human relationship need to be restored if it is not because God is angered by the misdeeds of his creatures?” (Page 13)