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By Faith, Not by Sight: Paul and the Order of Salvation

P & R Publishing / 2014 / Paperback

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Proponents of the "New Perspective" on Paul generally reject or minimize the concept of an ordo salutis ("order of salvation") in his writings. Building on the biblical-theological groundwork of the Reformed tradition, Richard B. Gaffin Jr. explores Paul's understanding of how individuals receive salvation.

Even Peter acknowledged that Paul wrote some things that are hard to understand, yet the central elements of Paul's teaching are clearly explained by Gaffin as he unfolds Paul's focus on Christ's death and resurrection and the essence of his ordo salutis.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: P & R Publishing
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.38 (inches)
ISBN: 1596384433
ISBN-13: 9781596384439
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How does an individual receive salvation? Does Paul distinguish between salvation accomplished (historia salutis) and salvation applied (ordo salutis)? Gaffin argues that under both exists a deeper, more fundamental issue—our union with Christ.

Author Bio

Richard B. Gaffin Jr. is professor emeritus of biblical and systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.

Editorial Reviews

“Richard Gaffin brings together a lifetime of reflection on Paul’s letters with his expertise in the field of systematic theology to produce this encouraging study.”
Here you have some of the most critical theological doctrines crystallized into a book that isn’t hundreds of pages long. In this respect, Professor Gaffin is decidedly unlike the Puritans. Of course, each sentence is packed, and most readers will need to read this book a few times to understand his mind—and, I would say, more importantly, the mind of Paul. But your effort will be rewarded. You have the very best Reformed theology in front of you—Reformed theology that is neither Lutheran, nor antinomian, nor of the New Perspective(s) on Paul. Instead, Professor Gaffin presents to us Reformed theology strengthened over time by clear theological categories and pain-staking exegesis of the Scriptures. I, for one, am glad that everything I have learned from my study of post-Reformation Reformed theologians has been vindicated by this penetrating and exegetically rigorous monograph on Paul and the order of salvation.
This is a very good book - one of the best books on soteriology I've read. . . . masterfully shows the centrality of union with Christ in his death and resurrection and the eschatological impact of those key gospel events on the believer's salvation.
“Professor Gaffin has devoted the major part of his career to the study and elucidation of Pauline theology. In this latest contribution, with admirable brevity, he articulates his interpretation in its most mature and clearest form, unpacking the very structure of Paul's thought against the background of both classic Reformed theology and contemporary New Testament scholarship. No one has been more successful than Gaffin in blending biblical theology with systematic theology. And, as a faithful successor to John Murray, he does so on the basis of responsible, painstaking exegesis. No one can read this book without being struck again by the depth and coherence of the apostle's teaching -- and by Gaffin's skill in expounding it.”
“Gaffin’s study represents the fruit of a life-time of careful engagement with the teaching of Scripture in general, and the epistles of the apostle Paul in particular. Rather than playing off historia salutis, the historical accomplishment of redemption through the Person and work of Christ, against ordo salutis, the application of redemption to believers by the Spirit of ChristⷕGaffin grounds the latter in the former. In so doing, he confirms the fundamental importance of union with Christ to the believer’s simultaneous participation in all the saving benefits of Christ’s saving work, whether in their present commencement or in their future fullness.”
“The gospel, union with Christ, justification by faith alone, and sanctification have occupied center stage in recent evangelical discussion. I am therefore especially grateful for Dr. Gaffin’s masterful and penetrating survey of Paul’s teaching on the application of redemption. Revised by the author and enhanced by an insightful historical-theological foreword, this second edition of By Faith, Not by Sight should be in the hands of every minister of the Word and student of Scripture. If you want to become a clearer and more biblically faithful communicator of the gospel, you can do no better than to pick up and pore over this rich volume.”
“In By Faith Not by Sight Richard Gaffin applies discerning exegetical observation and carefully nuanced theological insight to the significant and much-controverted issues of union with Christ, justification, sanctification, faith, works, and their various relationships in Pauline soteriology. This study brings clarity and precision to recent discussions concerning the content of the divinely revealed gospel proclaimed by the Apostle Paul.”
“How, in the Apostle Paul's writings, does the individual receive salvation? The answer to that question must be articulated anew in every generation. This book attempts a fresh conceptualization flowing from careful exegesis, the history of interpretation, Reformed and other confessions, and challenges to historic Christian understanding arising from (but not limited to) the New Perspective. A welcome feature of the book: it is concise and not protracted. Gaffin succeeds in presenting a compelling synthetic portrait of central features of Paul's--and God's--saving gospel message.”
“By Faith, Not by Sight contains the ripe fruit of decades of careful study of Paul's theology combined with and seasoned by the grace of a tested and proven Christian. Dr Gaffin's hallmark is his enviable combination of careful and profound exegesis with faith-filled, joy-inducing biblical theology. The result brings illumination to the mind and a deep satisfaction to the heart. By Faith, Not by Sight will in equal measure thrill the student grappling with Pauline theology and nourish and shape the work of the minister preaching from Paul's letters. A rich and deeply satisfying theological treat!”
“Dr. Gaffin's By Faith, Not by Sight assesses the problems of the so-called New Perspective on Paul (NPP) and offers an exegetically grounded and confessionally Reformed solution to those problems, a solution that will likely remain unmatched for its clarity and penetration of the issues. The volume advances resolutely yet irenically many of the seminal insights in his groundbreaking Resurrection and Redemption: A Study in Paul's Soteriology.

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