Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 097:385 (Jan 1940)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Book Reviews

Grace and Truth. By J. F. Strombeck. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, Mich. 160 pp. $1.00.

Mr. Strombeck is another successful business man who, without the theological discipline of the schools, has written outstanding books on Bible doctrine. His first book, Shall Never Perish, as was predicted when reviewed some months ago in BIBLIOTHECA SACRA, has become a measureless blessing to thousands and a recognized authority in the doctrine of Eternal Security. His latest book, Grace and Truth, offers the same promise of helpfulness. Its theme is as vital and its message as much misunderstood generally as that of his first volume.

The truth respecting the responsibility of the believer under grace, as in contrast to the responsibility of the Israelite under law, is evidently a divine revelation. It is understood only by the illumination of the Holy Spirit. Concerning salvation by grace, it is said, “By grace are ye saved through faith,” and that is as important as eternity itself, but that faith, it is also added, “is not of yourself: it is the gift of God” (Eph 2:8). It is equally to the glory of God (Eph 1:5). Apart from this revelation, grace is never apprehended. The gospel is hid to those who are lost (2 Cor 4:3, 4) and so long as grace is unrecognized the sincere person turns intuitively to the works of the law as a ground of acceptance before God.

These general remarks are penned as a preparation for and evaluation of Mr. Strombeck’s book, Grace and Truth. Mr. Strombeck has devoted many years of tireless study to the Bible itself and with a mind which is unspoiled by wrong and misleading systems of interpretation. Only by knowledge of the Word of God-whether it be gained in school or out of school-can one write with a deep discernment which is displayed in this volume.

The plan of the book is to follow through the Gospel by John pointing out how constantly the distinction appears with which that Gospel opens, namely, “The law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ (1:17).

The entire work is exceedingly fruitful and will confirm and strengthen those who are recipients of infinite grace. The following quotation from the book bearing on the woman of the eighth chapter of John will illustrate the rich character of Mr. Strombeck’s writing: “The scribes and Pharisees brought to Jesus a woman taken in the act of adultery and said: ‘Moses in the law,...

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