This paper will initially provide an objective look into two author’s works on Salvation. The information is taken from Transforming Power – Dimensions of the Gospel, Part One, The Doctrine of Salvation, written by French Arrington, Ph.D. and Alister E. McGrath’s, Theology The Basics, Chapter Five, Salvation. I will then deliver a subjective review of my personal thoughts on both and then culminate with my opinion as to which one provided the most impactful argument. I will first look at Arrington’s work.
The Doctrine of Salvation
Arrington bases his work on the following summary, “Salvation begins with God’s call, accepted by repentance and faith. It reaches its goal in glorification. The entire process is according to God’s plan. When the outcome is glorification, it cannot be traced ultimately to human merit, but only to God’s saving grace, manifested through the Cross” (85).
In his introduction, Arrington reviews the Biblical doctrine of salvation and how that it is the heart of the Christian faith. He asserts that the significance of Soteriology is to show all that God has done to set us free from the bondage of sin and guilt in order to bring us to the glorious condition of blessedness that Christians enter when Christ returns from heaven (21). In the New Testament, Arrington states that the words save and salvation have a wide range of meanings. Those meanings include strong physical components in that faith in Jesus saves and that salvation offers options such as deliverance from enemies and bodily health but it is predominately used in the New Testament as delivering us from sin. His focus is on how God used Christ and his death at Calvary and that the writers of the gospels utilize narratives on the Passion so we must see the Cross as the center of salvation.
The sections on Provisions for Salvation and The Cross as the Atoning Sacrifice give an overview of the New Testament and how it makes clear that God used the Cross as the means of dealing with a sinful world. Through the Cross, God showed that salvation was not something that could be earned and was a free gift made available by His divine grace through the sacrifice of His son. This is confirmed by the concept that Christ entered a world where animal sacrifice was a daily ritual and worship however the constant sacrificing inferred that the system was failing to remove sin. Priests of the time would oversee the sacrifices in futility however the Cross would deliver that in finality. Christ would be the perfect sacrifice and die once and for all for the world’s sin. As the Jews associated the rites of Passover and sacrifices closely with redemption and forgiveness of sin, the death of Christ answered these Old Testament issues. (A) Christ was Our Sin offering. (B) Christ Our Passover. (C) Aspects of Christ’s Death. He was not an unsuspecting victim as a sacrificial animal. His sacrifice was the last one needed as He was without blemish. The manner in which...