Peterson on the Saving Work of Christ

“Four points deserve mention. First, all nine events—incarnation, sinless life, death, resurrection, ascension, session, Pentecost, intercession, and return—constitute one saving work of Christ. Each event is important and should be appreciated. Yet Christ’s saving work consists of all nine. We should, then, have a holistic view of his salvation, which includes everything from his incarnation to his return. The nine events constitute his unified saving work. Second, although all nine events are necessary to salvation, it bears repeating that two are central and inseparable. Christ’s death and resurrection are the heart and soul of his saving accomplishment. Sometimes Scripture mentions both together (John 10:17–18; Acts 2:22–24; Rom. 4:25; 10:9–10; 1 Cor. 15:3–4; 2 Cor. 5:15; Phil. 3:10; Heb. 1:3; 1 Pet. 1:11), but usually it uses shorthand and mentions merely one, implying the other. Third, there are two essential preconditions to Christ’s death and resurrection: his incarnation and sinless life. Fourth, there are five essential results that follow Christ’s death and resurrection: his ascension, session, Pentecost, intercession, and second coming.”

Robert Peterson in Salvation Applied by the Spirit

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