The Work of Christ, By Robert Letham
The Work of Christ
  • Length: 284 pages
  • Dimensions: 6 × 9 in
  • Published: June 07, 1993
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 1532
  • ISBN: 9780830815326

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In The Work of Christ Robert Letham shapes his discussion around the threefold office of Christ as prophet, priest and king. Within this framework he explores the issues of Christ and the Word of God, the nature and theories of the atonement, and the cosmic and corporate dimensions of the mediatorial kingship of Christ. At crucial points the viewpoints of significant Christian thinkers, from the church fathers to contemporary theologians and biblical scholars, are introduced and brought into the conversation.

Lucidly written and clearly presented, this is a soundly orthodox and engaging presentation of what Christ has done. It is a welcome starting point for students of theology.

"This series has been around for over a decade now and has established itself as providing learned yet accessible treatments of key topics in systematic theology. The authors are not only fine theological thinkers, they are also passionate churchmen with a love for God's people and a desire to see the church grow in her knowledge of grace. Each volume blends exegesis, theological synthesis and judicious dialogue with the history of theology to provide an excellent treatment of the chosen topic. Highly recommended for thoughtful Christians who want to deepen their knowledge of Christian theology."

Carl R. Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary

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Kevin DeYoung, senior pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan


Series Preface



Part One: Foundations
1. Christ's Work in Context
2. Christ and the Plan of Salvation
3. Christ and the Kingdom of God
4. Union with Christ

Part Two: Christ As Prophet
5. Christ and the Word of God

Part Three: Christ as Priest
6. Christ's Human Priesthood
7. The Nature of the Atonement
8. Theories of the Atonement
9. Atonement and Justification

Part Four: Christ as King
10. The Mediatorial Kingship of Christ: The Cosmic Dimension
11. The Mediatorial Kingship of Christ: The Corporate Dimension

Appendix: The Intent of the Atonement


For Further Reading

Index of Biblical References

Index of Names

Index of Subjects

Robert Letham (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen), formerly senior minister of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, Delaware, teaches at Wales Evangelical School of Theology and continues as visiting professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C., and adjunct professor of systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia. He is the author of a number of books, including The Work of Christ (InterVarsity Press, 1993), The Lord's Supper (2001) and The Holy Trinity (2004) (both Presbyterian & Reformed), and Through Western Eyes (Mentor, 2007).