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The Theology of Jonathan Edwards$
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Michael J. McClymond and Gerald R. McDermott

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199791606

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791606.001.0001

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Salvation, Grace, and Faith: An Overview

Salvation, Grace, and Faith: An Overview

(p.357) 23 Salvation, Grace, and Faith: An Overview
The Theology of Jonathan Edwards

Michael J. McClymond

Gerald R. McDermott

Oxford University Press

Jonathan Edwards believed that salvation was a grand work begun in the counsels of eternity and never finally completed because salvation includes unending growth in union with the Triune God. Salvation therefore is not simply equal to conversion, as in some evangelical or revivalist traditions from the 1700s and later. Its first visible manifestation in an individual is at conversion, which signals justification and begins sanctification. Both of the latter produce divinization—a participation in the life, holiness, happiness, and the very being of God that is also unending. This concatenation of processes is all one work of salvation. This chapter looks at basic principles (faith, grace, love, works, assurance, infusion) that underlie and animate every phase of this work.

Keywords:   salvation, faith, grace, love, works, assurance, infusion, common grace, special grace

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