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From the Fall 2017 issue of Knowing & Doing:

Born to Grow: Moving Beyond Forgiveness to an Abundant Life

by Robert Saucy, (1930 – 2015)
Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology
at Talbot School of Theology

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  Jesus later describes this life bubbling up in the believer’s heart as flowing out as rivers of living water in love and service to others (John 7:38). Leon Morris aptly summed up the zest of this life: “The life that Jesus gives is no tame and stagnant thing. It is much more than merely the entrance into a new state that of being saved instead of lost. It is the abundant life ([John] 10:10), and the living Spirit within people is evidence of this … When the believer comes to Christ and drinks, that believer not only slakes his thirst but receives such an abundant supply that veritable rivers flow from him.”8 Our salvation is not only from sin, but also to newness of life.
  In short, our new life in Christ — and the transformed lifestyle it produces — should be felt in our daily experience in increasing measure during our journey on earth. According to the Bible, that’s exactly what God intended. Unlike Peter Pan, we can indeed, and in fact must, grow up. And Scripture tells how.

Excerpted with permission from Minding the Heart: The Way of Spiritual Transformation by Robert Saucy. Published by Kregel Publications (September 19, 2013).


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1 Throughout, italics in Scripture quotations were added for emphasis.
2 C. K. Barrett, The Second Epistle to the Corinthians, Black ’s New Testament commentaries 8 (1973; repr., Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1993), 146.
3 Derek Kidner, Psalms, 1–72: An Introduction and Commentary on Books I and II of the Psalms, TOTC (London: Inter-Varsity Press, 1973), 86
4 Claus Westermann, Genesis 12–36: A Commentary, trans. John J. Scullion (Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1985), 2:259.
5 Erwin Schrödinger, What Is Life? And Other Scientific Essays (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1956), 69–70.
6 Bruce K. Waltke, “nefesh,” TWOT, 2:587–91; cf. also Hans Walter Wolff, Anthropology of the Old Testament, trans. Margaret Kohl (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1974), 10–25.
7 A related form of the Greek word is used to describe the man who had been crippled from birth and was now “leaping” joyfully in the temple after being healed through Peter and John (Acts 3:8).
8 Leon Morris, The Gospel according to John, rev. ed., NICNT (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995), 233, 376.

Robert Saucy (1930–2015) was a biblical scholar, a professor of systematic theology, and author of numerous scholarly papers and books. Educated at George Fox College (1949–51) and Westmont College (1951–53), he earned a B.A. in history and a Th.M. (1958) and Th.D. (1961) in systematic theology at Dallas Theological Seminary. In 1961, Saucy joined the faculty of Talbot School of Theology, where he was appointed distinguished professor of systematic theology in 1989. He was a long-time member of the Evangelical Theological Society, and served as its president in 1972. Saucy was one of only three scholars who worked on both the original 1971 translation of the New American Standard Bible as well as the 1995 update. He was also a faculty member at Rosemead Graduate School of Psychology from 1970 to 1977. He died March 12, 2015, from injuries sustained in a car accident. Minding the Heart: The Way of Spiritual Transformation, published in October, 2013 — and dedicated to his wife, Nancy — was his last book published before his passing.


Recommended Reading:
Robert Saucy, Minding the Heart: The Way of Spiritual Transformation (Kregel Publications, 2013)

It is the heart that is the control center of life and through which God works to change us. But how does this growth take place? In Minding the Heart, Robert L Saucy offers insightful instruction on what spiritual transformation is and how to achieve it. He shows how renewing one’s mind through meditation, action, and community can begin the process of change, but ultimately the final change — the change that brings abundant life — can only come through a vital relationship with God. “The renewing of the heart is an inescapable human need,” writes Saucy, “but the solution lies only within the realm of the divine.” Drawing from inspiring Bible passages as well as select scientific studies, Saucy demonstrates how to make lasting change so Christians can achieve the joys of becoming more like Christ.

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