Joel R. Beeke and Paul M. Smalley, Reformed Systematic Theology: Man and Christ – Volume 2 (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2020), 1159 pp.
For the past several years I have maintained the discipline of reading at least one work of systematic theology. This year, I have the privilege of reading and reviewing Reformed Systematic Theology: Man and Christ – Volume 2 by Joel R. Beeke and Paul M. Smalley
I referred to the first volume in this series as engaging, educational, and enthralling. Beeke and Smalley pick up where they left off and continue to help readers magnify the great worthiness of Christ and his gospel.
Volume 2 begins with a study of anthropology and offers an exhaustive treatment of the subject through a Reformed lens. The author unpacks the essentials of this important branch of theology and provides the necessary exegesis, evidence in Scripture, and church history. Each chapter concludes with practical application that draws readers to the throne of grace.
Next, the authors carefully teach the doctrine of Christ. Readers are introduced to the person and work of Christ and are acquainted with his threefold offices of prophet, priest, and king. Beeke and Smalley add, “Though his sacrifice is the foundation of our salvation, his intercession is central to its application, for Christ ever lives as the Mediator of the new covenant, and all grace comes to us through him.”
Many will be intimidated by this behemoth of a book. Yet, a disciplined student will be rewarded by a careful reading of this important text. It not only educates and encourages – it challenges each person to come face to face with our Savior and meditate on his life, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension. Read this book prayerfully and anticipate a blessing beyond belief.
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