The Bible Doctrine of Grace
In this volume Dr. Ryder Smith continues his series of studies in great Bible doctrines. Its main subject is Grace, and he examines afresh the meaning and use of such terms as chesed in the Old Testament and charis in the New, not forgetting the Septuagint. But there are chapters also on doctrines closely related to Grace, under such titles as "Trial, Temptation and Discipline," "Election," and "The Fellowship of God with Man in Christ." In his chapters on "Righteousness in Sinners" and "Sin in Believers" he maintains that the full Christian doctrine is nowhere drawn out in the New Testament, but that it may be deduced from scattered references. In his discussion of "Sin in Believers" he claims that Paul taught what some may consider a heresy, namely, that in what may be called "conversion baptism" a believer was wholly cleansed from sin. In many ways this volume is complementary to Dr. Smith's last volume, The Bible Doctrine of Sin, and like all his work it is the fruit of sound knowledge, deep scholarship, and penetrating insight.
C. Ryder Smith