|Berkouwer offers what could be considered a fairly standard exposition of Reformed Christology. He, as one would expect, outlines the historical situation leading up to the formulation of Chalcedon; and, he treats such topics as the deity of Christ, the sinlessness of Christ, and the hypostatic union.
There are few strengths of this work. First, Berkouwer is very lucid in his exposition of Reformed Christology. Second, he demonstrates a remarkable familiarity with both historical voices and contemporary debates (at least contemporary to him). Third, he ably navigates complex issues and brings to life the various aspects of Christology.
Since this is an intermediate as opposed to advanced work on Christology, there are some topics he merely treats superficial (e.g., the question of whether Christ’s human nature was fallen). Moreover, he doesn’t always tie up loose ends in his discussion, and the more devotional feel of this volume seems to be a greater strength than rigorous theological analysis. But, in the view of this reader, this is in large part due to the intermediate level of exposition which he is seeking to offer.
But, setting these criticisms aside, it must be said that this is a sure guide for those who are wishing to delve deeper into Reformed Christology than a popular exposition may offer. Further, he is a solid example of how to do theology: engaging with the voices of the past and the issues of the present by allowing the teaching of Scripture to speak to them both.