Resurrection and Redemption: How Eschatology and the Gospel Relate
How is Christ's resurrection essential for our salvation?
Surprisingly, this question has been relatively neglected in church history. The overriding concern, especially since the Reformation, has been to make clear that the death of Christ is not simply an ennobling example to be imitated but a substitutionary, expiatory sacrifice that reconciles God to sinners and propitiates his judicial wrath. In short, the salvation accomplished by Christ has become virtually synonymous with the atonement.
This concentration on the death of Christ has no doubt been necessary. But as a consequence the ...