It became apparent at the Synod of Dort in 1618 that the Calvinists and the Arminians had reached a stalemate concerning the doctrine of salvation which was destined to last for centuries. The Arminians, in their exegetical approach to certain problem passages, viewed the loss of a believer's salvation as a real possibility for those who fail in a consistent walk with Jesus Christ. On the other hand, the Calvinist with a consistent biblical theology maintained that believers in Jesus Christ could never lose their eternal salvation. For almost four centuries there has been a breach between these two major systems of theology. It may very well be that in both systems, Calvinism and Arminianism, there has been a reductionistic error committed in understanding the meaning of salvation. Each of these theological systems appears to have defined the term salvation narrower than God intended by emphasizing one aspect of salvation at the expense of another.
The concept and meaning of salvation in the Scriptures is multi-dimensional. For example, when we look at salvation with respect to deliverance from sin, there is a past aspect--justification, deliverance from the penalty of sin, and a present aspect--sanctification, deliverance from the power of sin, and a future aspect--glorification, deliverance from the presence of sin. There are many works today explaining in great detail the doctrine of justification salvation. There are a lesser number of works seeking satisfactory explanations of the doctrine of sanctification salvation. There are almost no works in our generation explaining the doctrine of glorification salvation. This area of study has remained a virtual vacuum. Yet it seems that in expanding the implications of the doctrine of glorification salvation and the judgment seat of Christ there is an accurate biblical solution for this four hundred-year debate between the Calvinist and the Arminian. Although a believer can never lose his justification salvation, there are dimensions of glorification salvation that may be lost or gained if we take seriously passages such as Romans 14:10, 1 Corinthians 3:15, 2 Corinthians 5:10, and 2 John 7-8. The danger of loss is real and to be taken with appropriate fear and reverence in light of the eternal implications. The opportunity of reward, on the other hand, with its glories of ruling and reigning with Jesus Christ in His coming Kingdom, are presented in the Scriptures as a great motivation for holy living in the present.
It is precisely at this point that Joseph Dillow has performed a monumental service to the Body of Christ. The Reign of the Servant Kings may just be the solution to the debate between the two major systems of theology which have dominated church history for four centuries. I have personally studied through this manuscript several times and found myself most enthusiastic with Dr. Dillow's exegetical clarity and consistent biblical theology. His contribution to the disciplines of soteriology and eschatology are to be applauded. I heartily commend this study to you for gaining growth in accurately understanding your position, practice, and place with Jesus Christ, both now and in His coming kingdom rule. God has spoken and He does not stutter. Therefore, we need to be diligent in our study to come to a clearer meaning of what God meant by what He has spoken in His Scriptures.