Paul’s Soteriology – Digging Deeper…

“But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who of God is made to us wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemption; so that, according as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.” 1Co 1:30-31

“What is the distinguishing concern of Paul’s soteriology? Is his controlling interest the historical accomplishment of redemption or its individual application? While both are present as clearly distinct, yet inseparable concerns, a major conclusion of this study is that a redemptive-historical outlook is decidedly dominant and determinative. We have found that the resurrection of Christ is the pivotal factor in the whole of the apostle’s soteriological teaching. Not only is the resurrection (as it is constitutive of the ascension and heavenly session) the climax of the redemptive history of Christ; it is also that from which the individual believer’s experience of redemption derives in its specific and distinguishing character and in all aspects of its inexhaustible fullness. For in transforming Christ’s person, the resurrection and no other event (or consideration) constitutes him as life-giving Spirit to those joined to him. It and no other event inaugurates the new age, the eschatological aeon, into which others are brought, so that he might be “firstborn among brothers.””

Gaffin, Richard B., Resurrection and Redemption, A Study in Paul’s Soteriology, P&R Publishing, p. 135

[Note: This book is an excellent read. It is available from P&R]


2 thoughts on “Paul’s Soteriology – Digging Deeper…

  1. greenbaggins says:

    Yes, I rejoice to this day to have had him as a professor. His new book _By Faith, Not By Sight_ is also an excellent read, especially in the light of recent doctrinal controversies.

  2. reformedwomen says:

    You were blessed indeed! We are also reading Danny Olinger’s “A Geerhaardus Vos Anthology” and were blessed to hear him in seminar recently. Excellent food for spiritual strength and continued steadfastness in the faith that has been delivered to us by God’s grace!

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