Possessed by God: A New Testament Theology of Sanctification and Holiness (New Studies in Biblical Theology)

Possessed by God: A New Testament Theology of Sanctification and Holiness (New Studies in Biblical Theology)
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Peterson, David


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Listen to a lecture by David Peterson entitled Pursuing Holiness. (Moore Theological College)

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David Peterson challenges the common assumption that the New Testament views sanctification as primarily a process.

He argues that its emphasis falls upon sanctification as a definitive event, "God's way of taking possession of us in Christ, setting us apart to belong to him and to fulfill his purpose for us." Simply to identify sanctification with growth and holiness, he contends, obscures the emphasis and balance of New Testament teaching and creates unrealistic expectations.

Throughout this study Peterson builds his case on the careful exegesis of relevant passages, with a keen eye for the pastoral implications of his findings.

191 Pages
Published May 2001

About the Author

David Peterson formerly served as principal of Oak Hill Theological College in London, England, and as lecturer in New Testament at Moore College in Sydney, Australia. He is the author of Hebrews and Perfection (Cambridge University Press).

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New Studies in Biblical Theology by DA Carson

About This Series: New Studies in Biblical Theology is a series of monographs that address key issues in the discipline of biblical theology. Contributions to the series focus on one or more of three areas: (1) the nature and status of biblical theology, including its relations with other disciplines (e.g. historical theology, exegesis, systematic theology, historical criticism, narrative theology); (2) the articulation and exposition of the structure of thought of a particular biblical writer or corpus; and (3) the delineation of a biblical theme across all or part of the biblical corpora.

Above all, these monographs are creative attempts to help thinking Christians understand their Bibles better. The series aims simultaneously to instruct and to edify, to interact with the current literature, and to point the way ahead. In God’s universe, mind and heart should not be divorced: in this series we will try not to separate what God has joined together. While the notes interact with the best of scholarly literature, the text is uncluttered with untransliterated Greek and Hebrew, and tries to avoid too much technical jargon. The volumes are written within the framework of confessional evangelicalism, but there is always an attempt at thoughtful engagement with the sweep of the relevant literature.

Book Details

191 Pages
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: May 2001
ISBN 10: 0830826017
ISBN 13: 9780830826018

"Peterson's treatment is far from hackneyed or trivial. His aim is to show that much of the New Testament treatment of sanctification stresses what used to be called 'positional sanctification' or the like--and that much godly living, Christian assurance, stable faith and Christian maturity stem from a firm grasp of what the Bible says in this regard."
- D. A. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, Illinois)