The Saving Work of the Triune God -- By: Lewis Sperry Chafer

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 105:419 (Jul 1948)
Article: The Saving Work of the Triune God
Author: Lewis Sperry Chafer


The Saving Work of the Triune God

Lewis Sperry Chafer

[Author’s note: Though another subject has been announced and though the whole volume on Soteriology from which these articles have been taken—which is number three in the eight volumes being published—is now in print, it has seemed best to continue the series on this subject rather than to introduce a new subject, so that probably throughout a year at least the same subject, Soteriology, will be continued by the Editor. There are many following these articles who will not perhaps see the volume, and the series has just reached a place of most important truth in connection with the whole doctrine of salvation.]

A. The Finished Work of Christ

Respecting the theme now under consideration, no words of Scripture more accurately or completely describe the destiny-determining truth that God is the Author, Executor, and Consummator of man’s salvation than Jonah 2:9 and Psalm 3:8. These texts assert: “Salvation is of Jehovah” and “Salvation belongeth unto Jehovah.” Though the references, like all in the Old Testament, contemplate those aspects of salvation which are peculiar to the old order—often extending no further than to imply that God’s covenant people were delivered from their enemies—these uncomplicated and conclusive declarations serve as well to set forth the truth regarding the broader field of divine undertaking in man’s salvation as recorded in the New Testament. The gospel preacher should ever be on his guard lest by so much as an inference or intimation he violate or contradict the transcendent revelation that salvation is of Jehovah. Not the slightest insinuation should ever be advanced which implies that man might share in, or contribute to, that final consummation in eternal glory. Again, reason as well as revelation may serve to guide the mind; for, it will be seen, every step of the way from

the divine election from before the foundation of the world (Eph 1:4) to the presentation in faultless perfection in glory is superhuman and therefore must be wrought, if wrought at all, by Another who is mighty to save. At no point has Arminianism—and with it all other forms of rationalism—missed the way more completely than it has respecting the truth that salvation is of Jehovah, being misled—often in real sincerity—by the wholly irrelevant fact that God does instruct the one who is saved about his manner of life. Confusion and contradiction arise when these later life-responsibilities are allowed to enter as a part of the human requirements in salvation. By such teachers it is c...

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