Practicing Christian Doctrine By Beth Falkner Jones

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The atoning work of Jesus is a difficult concept to wrap your head around. On the one hand, we see that, because he is one hundred percent God, he has full knowledge that he will ‘on the third day ascend into heaven’ and will be seated at the right of the God the Father Almighty. Yet, at the same time, Jesus the 30ish year old man is faced with his own gruesome death, and separation from the Father. As difficult as it is to grasp how hard it was for Jesus during this time, it is even harder to fully grasp the reason behind it all. Beth Falkner Jones, in her book Practicing Christian Doctrine: An Introduction to Thinking and Living Theologically and Ronald Heine, in his book Classical Christian Doctrine: Introducing the Essentials of the…show more content…
This idea of Christ’s incarnation as humanity’s chance to finally get it right is essential to understanding our faith and why Christ lived the life he did, and therefore, suffered the way he did. Heine and Jones, in the spirit of describing correctly the incarnation of Christ, also emphasize the role of heavenly grace in humanity’s redemption. Both authors clearly remind us that we do not deserve to be saved, but are saved because of the grace of God and our inheritance as God’s chosen people after the death of Christ. Jones says that grace is an agent of salvation and sanctification, because we are not able to change the way we are by ourselves, but purely because of the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives (Jones, 151). She discusses the way that the fruit of the spirit manifests itself in a new believer, saying that it is “consequent” of our newfound righteousness, not because of a choice that we make. Heine, in his discussion of grace as an agent of salvation, also talks about how Christ’s death returned the reins of humanity to God and rescued us from Satan, by “both creation and redemption” (Heine, 127). By grace, we were returned to God’s hands and delivered from Satan’s clutches that we allowed ourselves to fall into. The differences in Heine and Jones’ writing were subtle, but also important to note. Perhaps the most necessary distinction for readers to understand can be found in
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