Book Review: Christ, A Complete Savior

Christ, A Complete Savior, by John Bunyan

Admittedly, I did not agree with everything in this book.  To be sure, there was a great deal I did agree with this book and much I appreciated about the author’s tough-mindedness concerning matters of salvation and justification.  And, like most of my reading of the author [1], it demonstrated a clear-eyed look at the author’s view of the process of salvation and his recognition that those who embark on seeking Christ’s intercession for them are embarked on a task of much greater seriousness than is often viewed to be the case.  In reading this book, and others like it, it is pretty clear that a proper view of salvation and justification is vitally important in counteracting the appeal of false ragamuffin gospels as is popular within our own time, where salvation is divorced from any sense of understanding in the need for the nature of mankind to be transformed by the indwelling presence of God.  The author’s dogged determination to present the whole truth about Christ’s saving efforts, at least as he understands them, help preserve him from the sort of problems that are all too common in our own time, and which he was able to diagnose in his own time as being vain and unprofitable imitations of genuine Christianity.

This book is about 100 pages long, and it is very straightforwardly organized.  After an advertisement by the editor, there is a discussion of the key text for the treatise, namely Hebrews 7:25.  This leads to a discussion of the intercession of Christ and what it entails.  After this there is a lengthy discussion of the benefits of Christ’s intercession and the fact that this intercession is not only needed by people looking for initial salvation but on an ongoing basis by those who believe but who still wrestle (often unsuccessfully) against our own fallen human nature, about which the author is definitely knowledgeable.  After that the author continues looking at the people who are interested in the intercession of Christ and how deep (or shallow) this interest can be, showing an admirable grasp of the tangle of motives that lead people to better understand their ambivalent feelings towards belief in and transformation by God through conversion.  Nevertheless, the author ends the treatise on a positive note by talking about the surety of salvation for those who approach God sincerely (and who are called by Him) as well as commenting on the use of this book in praying for and encouraging others that the reader happens to know.

I must state, in case someone reads this book, that I am not a fan of everything the author says.  I would think that the author would do well to look at John 6:44, for example, and be more clear about the way that God must call those who seek Him, for our own ability to approach God genuinely is limited by our own corrupt nature.  The process and complexity of the calling, though, is not the primary point of this treatise and so I will not fault the author for not commenting about it at length, as his focus was more on the aspect of justification and sanctification and pointing out that coming to God through Jesus Christ is a matter of the utmost seriousness.  The author and I differ concerning our beliefs on the soul–the author, like many people, sees the soul as immortal rather than seeing eternal life as something that must be given because we do not possess it on our own.  That said, this book does a good job at pointing out the need to come to God through Christ sincerely and to accept that this will involve drastic changes within ourselves that we may not always have in mind when we come to God seeking the intercession of Christ on our behalf.

[1] See, for example:

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2015/04/05/book-review-pilgrims-progress/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017/03/02/book-review-divine-emblems/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017/03/02/book-review-the-holy-war/

About nathanalbright

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