Book Review: The Lord from Heaven by Robert Anderson

“The Lord from Heaven” is a concise work on the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Motivated by a young missionary, who struggled in his faith to explain the Lordship of Jesus Christ, specifically, His deity, Anderson wrote this work. Thomas cried out, “My Lord and My God.” Jesus was not a humanized God or a deified man. He was the God-man, who was fully God and true humanity in one person.

Anderson is a scholar of the 1800s in England who rightly holds the scholarly position of interpreting the Scriptures for us. He dealt with the Trinity, not as three gods or one God, but Divinely one God in three persons. His explanation of “person” was interesting from the Latin – persona –  “to sound through” and means “a mask, especially that used by players, which covered the whole head (p. 9), and which reminds the reviewer of the masks Greek actors would wear in their dramas.

Anderson dealt with the meaning of “Son” in Scripture and then both “Son of Man” and “Son of God.” Jesus certainly had a human body but He was in all His glory God at the same time. He could not have forgiven sins, nor be accepted by the Father, if He was not Mediator – equal with both man and God. As Son of Man, He was under the authority of the Father as Anderson cites John 5:19. As Son of Man is a Messianic title, so the title Son of God emphasizes His deity and special relationship with the Father. Only the Father knows the Son. The disciples knew He was deity and thus worshipped Him as Divine, “and those who refused to believe in Him understood it thus, and they crucified Him as a blasphemer.” (p. 46)

In succeeding chapters, Anderson provides the view of the Lord Jesus from the gospels of Matthew and John and then the epistles of James and Hebrews. He summarizes the Pauline view and the Johannine view of Jesus from Revelation. There is no other name under Heaven by which we must be saved, and every Christian must be clear as he might reach out to others to share the good news of Jesus Christ. We should be grateful to Anderson for his labor of love to help us taste the powerful name of the Lord Jesus!


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