Christ Alone—The Uniqueness of Jesus as Savior

Christ Alone—The Uniqueness of Jesus as Savior

What the Reformers Taught…and Why It Still Matters
Stephen Wellum
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  • April 18, 2017

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Stephen Wellum

Stephen Wellum

Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Stephen Wellum is professor of Christian theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and editor of the Southern Baptist Journal of Theology. Stephen lives in Louisville, Kentucky with his wife, Karen, and their five children.


Historians and theologians alike have long recognized that at the heart of the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation were five declarations (or “solas”) that distinguished the movement from other expressions of the Christian faith.

Five hundred years later, we live in a different time with fresh challenges to our faith. Yet these rallying cries of the Reformation continue to speak to us, addressing a wide range of contemporary issues. The Five Solas series will help you understand the historical and biblical context of the five solas and how to live out the relevance of Reformation theology today.

In Christ Alone, Stephen Wellum considers Christ’s singular uniqueness and significance biblically, historically, and today, in our pluralistic and postmodern age. He examines the historical roots of the doctrine, especially in the Reformation era, and then shows how the uniqueness of Christ has come under specific attack today. Then, he walks us through the storyline of Scripture, from Christ’s unique identity and work as prophet, priest, and king, to the application of his work to believers and our covenantal union with him to show that apart from Christ there is no salvation. Wellum shows that we must recover a robust biblical and theological doctrine of Christ’s person and work in the face of today’s challenges and explains why a fresh appraisal of the Reformation understanding of Christ alone is needed today.

Table of Contents

  • A Note from the Series Editor

  • Foreword, Michael Reeves

  • Acknowledgments

  • Abbreviations

  • Introduction

  • Part 1: Christ Alone: The Exclusivity of His Identity

  • 1. The Biblical Identity of Jesus Christ
  • 2. The Self-Witness of Christ: God the Son Incarnate
  • 3. The Apostolic Witness to Christ: God the Son Incarnate
  • 4. From Incarnation to Atonement: An Exclusive Identity for an All-Sufficient Work

  • Part 2: Christ Alone: The Sufficiency of His Work

  • 5. The Threefold Office of Christ Alone: Our Prophet, Priest, King
  • 6. The Cross-Work of Christ in Historical Perspective
  • 7. The Cross of Our All-Sufficient Savior: Penal Substitution, Part 1
  • 8. The Cross of Our Glorious Redeemer: Penal Substitution, Part 2

  • Part 3: Christ Alone in the Reformation and Today

  • 9. Chalcedonian Unity: Agreement on Christ’s Exclusive Identity in the Reformation
  • 10. The Sufficiency of Christ: The Reformation’s Disagreement with Rome
  • 11. The Loss of Christ’s Exclusivity: Our Current Challenge
  • 12. Reaffirming Christ Alone Today

  • Conclusion

  • Bibliography

  • Scripture Index

  • Subject Index


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