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Free Download: A Sample from “Salvation Accomplished by the Son”

The very heart of Christ’s saving accomplishment is his death and resurrection.

—Robert A. Peterson

As you prepare for Easter, we’d like to help you reflect on Christ’s death and resurrection. Through the first week of April, we’re offering a free download of a significant portion of Robert Peterson’s Salvation Accomplished by the Son: the Work of Christ. In these chapters, Peterson explores Christ’s saving work and offers an in-depth look into Christ’s death and resurrection.

Dr. Chris Morgan, professor of theology and dean of the School of Christian Ministries at California Baptist University, shares his experience reading Peterson’s work during the Easter season:

Salvation Accomplished by the Son

Not long ago I served as the theological reader for Robert’s Peterson’s Salvation Accomplished by the Son. It appeared to be another good book on an important topic, and it was. But it was much more.

Through Robert’s careful framing, unpacking, expounding, and applying of Christ’s saving work, Christ’s death and resurrection gripped me. Passages like Romans 4:25 and Revelation 3:14 came alive. And the significance of our Lord’s resurrection sunk in more deeply. Jesus’ resurrection brings justification, establishes peace with God, and inaugurates the new creation. I already knew and had been teaching and preaching these truths—but not enough and not with such precision.

Thankfully, I was reading the manuscript just weeks before Easter. Many insights into Christ’s death and resurrection not only found their way into me, but also in several sermons that month. Indeed, I specifically contacted Robert a few times that month to thank him for writing it and to let him know how helpful the book was in my preaching.

Download the sample chapters or learn more about the book.



On the Third Day

Guest Post by Jim Hamilton

The Lord called Abraham to take his son.

The Lord called Abraham to take his son, his only son Isaac, whom he loved, up to Mount Moriah and offer him as a burnt offering there. As Abraham left the men who were with him, he said, “I and the boy will go over there and worship and we will come again to you.” Evidently Abraham thought that after he sacrificed Isaac, God would keep the promise through Isaac by raising him from the dead—that appears to be what the author of Hebrews thought, anyway. When they got there, the angel of the Lord stayed Abraham’s hand and a ram was provided in place of Isaac.

The beloved son was offered and the sacrifice provided “on the third day.”

God brought the nation of Israel out of Egypt.

God brought the nation of Israel out of Egypt with a strong hand and an outstretched arm. He brought them through the Red Sea and the trackless waste to Mount Sinai, where he would enter into a covenant with the people he had redeemed for himself. Then the Lord called Moses up onto the mountain while the people waited below.

God came down on the mountain to make the covenant “on the third day.”

David fought to free his bride.

The Philistine king had given David refuge from Saul’s rage, granting him the city of Ziklag. When the Philistines mustered for war, David was dismissed from their ranks and returned to find his city raided, his wives and children captives. David pursued the enemy and fought to free his bride, rescuing her from the clutches of the plunderers.

David returned to Ziklag “on the third day.”

Hezekiah’s prayers were heard.

The Lord had declared to King Hezekiah that his life was at an end: Hezekiah would die. Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, and the Lord sent Isaiah to Hezekiah to tell him that his prayers had been heard, that he would be raised up, restored to life. That he would not die immediately but live.

Isaiah told Hezekiah that he would go up to the house of the Lord “on the third day.”

Death will not be the end.

Hosea told Israel that when Yahweh exiled Israel it would be like a lion striking down a man. Being driven from the land, driven from the presence of the Lord, would be death to the nation. Violent death at the paws of a lion. Death, however, would not be the end.

“After two days he will revive us,” Hosea declared, “on the third day he will raise us up.”

Esther went before the king.

Haman manipulated the king into decreeing a slaughter of the Jews. Meanwhile Esther, a Jew, had been raised up as queen. She had the opportunity to intercede with the king for the lives of her people.

Esther went before the king to plead for the lives of her people “on the third day.”

Jonah proclaimed repentance to the Gentiles.

Jonah was commissioned to call Nineveh to repentance. He disobeyed, and it took him being cast into the great deep for the storm of God’s wrath to be stilled. A great fish swallowed Jonah, and when he called on the Lord, the fish gave Jonah back to the dry land. Then Jonah proclaimed repentance to the Gentiles, and they repented.

Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the fish.

Jesus is the fulfillment of these patterns…

There is no prediction in the Old Testament that the Messiah would be raised from the dead on the third day, but when Paul says that Jesus “was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,” he’s not referring to a prediction. Paul is referring to the fulfillment of these patterns:

  • Jesus is the beloved Son and he is the substitute, fulfilling the pattern seen in Isaac.
  • Jesus has inaugurated the new covenant in his blood, fulfilling what took place at Sinai.
  • Jesus has rescued his bride, taken captivity captive, and given gifts to men, fulfilling the pattern seen in the narratives of David.
  • Jesus was restored to life on the third day, fulfilling what happened with Hezekiah.
  • The death of Jesus fulfilled the wrath of God poured out at the exile. Jesus is the man who represents the nation, struck down by the lion to be revived after two days, raised up on the third.
  • In a way that far exceeds what Esther did, Jesus has gone before the supreme ruler to make intercession for those who belong to him.
  • And like Jonah, after three days and three nights Jesus returned and called the Gentiles to repentance. All the promises are yes and amen in him, all the patterns find fulfillment in him, and all the shadowy types have their substance in him.

We confess with the saints across time and around the world: I believe in God the Father Almighty . . . and in Jesus Christ his only Son . . . on the third day he rose again from the dead . . .

He is risen! He is risen indeed.

See Genesis 22:4 (Heb 11:19); Exod 19:11, 16; 1 Sam 30:1; 2 Kings 20:5; Hos 5:14–6:2; Esth 4:16, 5:1; Jonah 1:17; 1 Cor 15:4

Guest post by Jim Hamilton, author of God’s Glory in Salvation Through Judgment and Revelation: The Spirit Speaks to the Churches. Hamilton is associate professor of biblical theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Follow his blog at For His Renown.

The Resurrection: This Changes Everything

Content modified from Raised with Christ: How the Resurrection Changes Everything by Adrian Warnock

Jesus’ resurrection does not only change us by saving our souls, making us holy, and filling us with power to live.

The fact that it changes our bodies to be immortal is still not the most glorious aspect of the story of salvation. Often the gospel is spoken of as being a great arc leading from the creation to the Fall to the Incarnation to the death of Jesus and then his resurrection and ascension. But that arc is not yet complete. Jesus will return, and when he does, the resurrection really will change everything. The Bible tells us, “He must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything” (Acts 3:21, NIV). Paul tells us that God has “a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth” (Ephesians 1:9–10). There will be no more rebellion. Only then will this tiny rebellious corner of the universe we call earth resound with the praise of Jesus’ glory.

If this regeneration or resurrection of all things means anything, it means the reversal of the effects of death. Death entered the world through mankind: “Sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned” (Romans 5:12). As a result of one man’s sin, the whole of creation was delivered up to bondage and decay. But all is not lost. This process has begun to be reversed as a result of the actions of one man, Jesus.

Christians have the same power that raised Christ Jesus from the dead living inside them.

One day that power will complete the work of saving us, but in the meantime the normal Christian life can be one in which we are very aware of the change that the resurrection brings. We are citizens of the age to come, living in a world that is dead to God. But we are not dead to him. We live to him. May God help us live in the light of that fact more each day. One day we will all see that, thanks to the death and resurrection of Jesus, everything really has been changed. The whole creation will have been renewed, and we will be like him.

I can think of no better way to end than with Paul’s prayer that speaks of the work of the Spirit, of the hope Jesus’ resurrection has given us, the power of his resurrection and of the coming kingdom in which he rules. May God answer this prayer in our lives and so help us to truly believe in the physical resurrection of Jesus Christ and live in light of the implications of that event.

The God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory . . . give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. (Ephesians 1:17–21)

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Death Defeated

Thank you for continuing with us as we share excerpts of Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ Living Water: Studies in John 4, published last month for the first time.

In chapter 24, entitled “Death Defeated”, Lloyd-Jones discusses the problem of death and takes us to the glorious implications of the Resurrection:

We must agree that the ultimate problem of all problems is that of death, the problem of the grave and of what lies beyond. The apostle Paul said, The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death” (1 Cor 15:26), and it is indeed the last enemy. These other problems that we have to confront come and go—scientific questions and problems, the problem of pain and suffering, political problems, the problem of war. All these may or may not be urgent, but there is one that is inevitable, inexorable, ineluctable—the problem of death. No one can evade it. And, of course, we are bound to be concerned about it. Here we are in life, full of activity and interests—then comes death. Is there any purpose in it? Does it all just end here, all the bother and all the trouble and all the agony and all the suffering – does it all finish? And what then? (p.310)

There, then, is the difference that his resurrection has made to all who believe in him. “He hath abolished death.” He has defeated death. But beyond that, he has “brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2 Tim. 1:10). If you are not thrilled at the thought of this, I ask you to examine whether you are Christian at all! “He has brought life and immortality to light.” Life, not merely continuous existence, the existence that people have in this world. Full living, full being, a real life!

That is life! Life with him, and with him forever and ever. It is a glorified life. This mortal flesh cannot inherit immortality; this corruption cannot inherit incorruption. There is going to be a change, a transformation. He was changed himself – he arose in a glorified body. And our bodies will also be glorified. No longer will we have these old bodies; the body will be the same, but it will be transfigured, transformed, glorified. There will be no disease, no weakness, no decay. There will be an eternal, a spiritual, a glorified body, and oh, the glory and the wonder of it all! There will be no sighing there, there will be no sin, there will be no sorrow, there will be no weeping, there will be no parting, there will be no death. It is an entirely new realm and an entirely new kind of life (p. 321).