Getting the Gospel Right

Assessing the Reformation and New Perspectives on Paul

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Weight 0.26 lbs
Dimensions 7.13 × 4.75 × 0.35 in
topic

Justification, Salvation

Format

Book

isbn

9780851519272

Original Pub Date

2006

Banner Pub Date

May 7, 2006

binding

Paperback

page-count

112

Book Description

Every generation of Christian believer faces the challenge of proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ with integrity and in conformity to the teaching of the Scriptures.

But what do the Scriptures teach with regard to the central message of the gospel? Were the Reformers correct to insist that the good news of God’s gracious and free acceptance of guilty sinners, on the basis of the obedience and atoning sacrifice of Christ, lies at the heart of the gospel? Or are we to accept the ‘new perspectives’ on Paul’s teaching, which have been advocated in recent years by those who have made a fresh study of the relevant historical sources?

Since the new perspectives challenge some of the basic features of the traditional Protestant understanding of justification, they require careful study and thoughtful evaluation. Nothing less than the shape of the evangelical church’s proclamation of the gospel today is at stake.

Table of Contents Expand ↓

Preface vii
 1. Introduction 1
 2. THE REFORMATION PERSPECTIVE ON PAUL 5
‘Justification’: A Judicial Declaration of Acceptance with God 8
‘By Grace Alone’: The Basis for Free Justification 12
‘Through Faith Alone’: The Instrument of Justification 16
Key Features of the Reformation Perspective 19
 3. A ‘NEW PERSPECTIVE’ ON PAUL 23
A New View of Second-Temple Judaism: E. P. Sanders 26
A New View of the ‘Works of the Law’: J. D. G. Dunn 31
A New View of ‘Justification’: N. T. Wright 35
 4. A CRITICAL ASSESSMENT OF THE NEW PERSPECTIVE 59
An Exaggerated View of Sanders’ Achievement 60
The ‘Works of the Law’ in Paul’s Epistles 65
‘The Righteousness of God’ in Paul 71
The Nature of ‘Justification’ 74
‘Substitution’, ‘Imputation’, and ‘Faith’ 80
A ‘Final Justification’ on the Basis of Works? 83
5. Conclusion 89

 

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