Monday, September 27, 2010

The Saving Life of Christ by Major Ian Thomas

This week I've been reading The Saving Life of Christ by Major Ian Thomas. The book explores the radical resurrection life of Jesus Christ which is the necessity and intended salvation of every Christian. Thomas's use of language is dynamic, pithy and absorbing. The first ten pages include an impressive 25 verses, presenting an uncompromisingly Biblical teaching that is inspiring, convicting and encouraging.

There is something which makes Christianity more than a religion, more than an ethic, and more than the idle dream of sentimental idealist. It is this something that makes it relevant to each one of us right now as a contemporary experience. It is the fact that Christ Himself is the very life content of the Christian faith. It is He who makes it "tick." "Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it" (1 Thess. 5:24). The One who calls you is the One who does that to which he calls you. "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure" (Phil 2:13). He is himself the very dynamic of all His demands.
The verses used in the first chapter progress in a logical order, and though the book does not read like a Bible study, it can be used as such because it progresses through its doctrine by progressing through scripture.

The Saving Life of Christ Chapter 1

1 Thessalonians 5:24
Philippians 2:13
Romans 5:10
2 Corinthians 5:20
2 Corinthians 5:9a
1 Peter 3:18a
1 Peter 2:24a
Titus 3:5-6
Hebrews 2:14b
2 Corinthians 5:17
John 6:56
John 5:19
John 8:28a
John 17:19
John 15:5
John 13:3a
Colossians 1:9
Colossians 2:9-10a
Romans 1:17c
1 Thessalonians 5:16
1 Thessalonians 5:17
Romans 1:4
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Ephesians 5:19-20
Colossians 3:4a

The second chapter continues the intriguing and exciting biblical exploration with a study on salt (yes, salt) and how it relates to the life of Christ. It is truly illuminating (I was up past midnight tracking cross-references). Suffice to say this is a Christian classic, and though I've only read two chapters I feel safe in recommending it. I learned about Major Ian Thomas by listening to his sermons on Sermonindex.net, and the main message of his life was preaching the resurrection life of Christ as the means of living salvation for every believer. Take a listen: A Grain of Wheat (sermonindex is down today for maintenance, so I give you the sermonaudio.com link).

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