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For Us and for Our Salvation: The Doctrine…

For Us and for Our Salvation: The Doctrine of Christ in the Early Church

by Stephen J. Nichols

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For Us and for Our Salvation is a great text for students of early church history (there is a large glossary of persons and terms), and for believers confused by contemporary revisionist accounts of the doctrine of Christ in the early church. Nichols stresses the necessity of the orthodox doctrine of the Incarnation for maintaining the orthodox doctrine of substitutionary atonement. He does not relate these to the doctrine of the covenant, but he easily could have, as he stresses the work of the final Adam. Nichols's book provides clarity for preachers that will help the church both joyfully follow the example of our human Lord and most deeply adore Christ, God over all.
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The belief that Christ is the God-man is definitive of Christian orthodoxy and imperative to a right understanding of the gospel. By the middle of the fifth century, the church had wrestled with many challenges to the biblical portrayal of Christ and, in response to those challenges, had formulated the doctrine of Christ that remains the standard to this day. This look to the past helps as Christians contend with present-day challenges and seek to answer Christ's question-Who do people say that I am?-for those living in the twenty-first century. For Us and for Our Salvation tells the very human story of the formation of the doctrine of Christ in those early centuries of the church. A glossary, numerous charts and timelines, and some helpful appendices make the book accessible and user-friendly. Primary source materials from key theologians and councils complement the engaging narrative.… (more)

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