Resurrection and Redemption: A Study in Paul's Soteriology

Resurrection and Redemption: A Study in Paul's Soteriology
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Gaffin, Richard B., Jr.


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What place does the resurrection of Jesus Christ have in Paul's teaching concerning salvation?
Richard B. Gaffin Jr. explains in part one that a change has taken place in Reformed theology's interpretation of the center of Paul's thought—a change that affects how we should approach Paul's writings. Gaffin discusses this change and the proper way to approach Paul. Part two uncovers the basic structure of Paul's resurrection theology and shows the central place of Christ's resurrection in the whole of Paul's theology. Part three discusses how Paul develops and uses this resurrection theme in several passages and in connection with the doctrines of adoption, justification, sanctification, and glorification. Gaffin's conclusion presents the implications of this study for the problems and program of Reformed dogmatics.

Includes a Foreword by Sinclair B. Ferguson

About the Author

Richard B. Gaffin Jr., is professor of systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. He holds the ThM and ThD degrees from Westminster.

Book Details

155 Pages
Publisher: P&R Publishing Company
Publication Date: 1987
ISBN 10: 0875522718
ISBN 13: 9780875522715

Recommended by Sinclair Ferguson of Westminster Theological Seminary. See all of Dr. Ferguson's recommendations.

Recommended by Lane Tipton of Westminster Theological Seminary. See all of Dr. Tipton's recommendations.

Faculty Review: It is a privilege to commend this new edition of Dr. Richard B. Gaffin, Jr.'s seminal study in Pauline theology. It is a work that I have personally found instructive and illuminating, and I am glad it is being [published] for the coming generation of scholars, pastors, and teachers.
-Sinclair B. Ferguson, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary

Staff Pick: "A few years ago, I had a growing sense that the resurrection of Christ had a much more profound place in the NewTestament gospel message than most standard evangelical presentations gave it, but I could not put all the theological pieces together until I read this book. Dr. Gaffin opened up the Scriptures for me and changed my paradigm forever."
-Jim Weidenaar, Westminster Bookstore Staff
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Staff Review: In his forward to Gaffin's seminal study on Paul's resurrection theology, Sinclair Ferguson reminds us of John Calvin's insight that "our whole salvation and all its parts are comprehended in Christ" (Institutes II.xvi.19). Calvin added his now famous observation that "as long as Christ remains outside us, and we are separated from him, all that he has suffered and done for the salvation of the human race remains useless and of no value for us" (Institutes III.i.1). Ferguson's references to Calvin are significant, because he understands Gaffin's work in this volume as an exegetical substantiation and expansion of Calvin's theology of union with Christ. Two basic observations govern Gaffin's study. First, Paul is himself a theologian of redemptive history, and this means that theology resides in the inscripturated text. Second, there is an organic and fundamental "unity between Christ's resurrection and the resurrection of believers." Gaffin develops the implications of this unity or union with Christ as follows: union with Christ underlies every redemptive blessing in the covenant of grace. To enter by faith into union with Christ involves simultaneous possession of every redemptive benefit available in this age and the age to come. Hence, we receive no benefit apart from union with Christ in his death and resurrection. Of course, this does not undermine the judicial and declarative (and imputational) character of justification, or the renovative and transformative character of sanctification. In other words, the distinct benefits of justification and sanctification accrue simultaneously but are not confused or collapsed into one another. Gaffin's study remains a milestone in the development of soteriology.
-Jeff Waddington - Westminster Bookstore Staff