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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: P & R Publishing; Second Edition edition (December 20, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596384433
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596384439
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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."
—Brian Hedges, Author of Christ Formed in You and Lead Pastor for Fulkerson Park Baptist Church, Niles, Michigan


"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."
—David Peterson, Principal of Oak Hill College, London


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.”- David Peterson, principal of Oak Hill College, London ---

“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.”- David Peterson, principal of Oak Hill College, London ---

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“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.”- David Peterson, principal of Oak Hill College, London --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Richard B. Gaffin, Jr. is professor of biblical and systematic theology. He is an ordained teaching elder in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.

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Gaffin packed a great deal of profound theology into this slim book.
Brian Collins
Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.” This is a key text for issues related to Paul’s ordo salutis.
Jennifer Guo
Gaffin also speaks of our union with Christ in a very clear and helpful way.
parkerj

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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Brian G Hedges on December 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a very good book - one of the best books on soteriology I've read. It would be a good companion volume to John Murray's Redemption: Accomplished and Applied (Murray was also one of Gaffin's teachers), which is an in-depth study of the atonement and the application of salvation to believers from start to finish.

Gaffin's focus is slightly different, and a needed balance to Murray. After carefully defining and distinguishing the terms historia salutis (the history of salvation - salvation accomplished in history) and ordo salutis (the order of salvation - salvation applied in experience) Gaffin sets Paul's soteriological concerns within the context of his summary statements of the gospel and the gospel's nature as solution to the plight of human sin. Gaffin next tethers his comments to "union with Christ" as the center of Paul's soteriology, and then develops Paul's anthropology and eschatology, then reading Paul's soteriology in those contexts, so that salvation is viewed within an already/not yet framework. Then Gaffin starts connecting the dots between sanctification and eschatology, justification and eschatology, etc. in very helpful exegetical theological reflections.

Along the way, Gaffin occasionally interacts with the New Perspective on Paul, usually critically. His primary dialogue partner is N. T. Wright, with whom Gaffin delivered the series of lectures which eventually became this book, at Auburn Avenue Presbyterian Church a couple of years ago. I am not persuaded that Gaffin fully understands all the nuances of Wright's theology, but some of his criticisms of Wright are probably valid.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Guo on November 3, 2013
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Pauline studies have recently been dominated by the so-called New Perspective(s) on Paul. “In view of reservations and denials that have accompanied the emergence of the New Perspective and are resulting in a diminished interest in the question of the ordo salutis in Paul, it seems appropriate to test these reservations and denials by examining his theology, especially his soteriology, in terms of this question and the issues it raises (p. 4).” Although this state of affairs is what prompted Gaffin to write this monograph, his primary concern here is not to evaluate or interact in detail with the NPP or its advocates. Rather, the NPP will remain in the background, coming into view only as it facilitates his positive presentation of aspects of Paul’s theology, primarily his soteriology.

Originally given as four lectures for the annual School of Theology of Oak Hill Theological College in London, this book subsequently went out of print (cheapest used copy on Amazon currently sells for $99.99!). After reading an advanced electronic review copy of the second edition, I am delighted that it will be released on November 6, 2013. For those who have read the first edition, in the preface to this second edition Gaffin notes that the revisions herein are not extensive, though occasionally they are substantive. In a number of places he has rewritten to enhance clarity, particularly in light of criticisms of the first edition. At several points he has addressed specific criticisms. Finally, a few footnotes have been added, as well as an author/subject index.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By parkerj on November 2, 2013
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By Faith, Not By Sight by Richard Gaffin Jr. is a book that takes the reader on a journey through Paul's writings to find out exactly what he said, thought, and wrote about the ordo salutis (the order of salvation). Gaffin engages New Perspectives on Paul thinking throughout this writing because "New Perspective decenters justification in Paul, not by questioning that it has an important place in his teaching, but by denying that it is central in his soteriology, especially as the Reformation tradition understands it to be central." Gaffin lays a lot of groundwork in the first chapter with clear statements like this to help the reader understand exactly what position he is interacting with and what position he is defending. He sees the New Perspective view of Paul and the order of salvation as a problem because, "the issue of the salvation of the individual has tended to become eclipsed or viewed as one about which Paul has relatively little concern or interest." Instead of viewing Paul's teaching of justification by faith toward individual sinners, the New Perspective view focuses more on corporate salvation. While corporate views may be present in Paul's letters, the New Perspective view "assesses them [corporate passages] in a way that his teaching on matters related to individual salvation from sin is left aside as relatively unimportant and uncertain - or even dismissed as peripheral." This view brings confusion to anyone reading the Scriptures. To take passages that seem so clear in their teaching of individual salvation and try to fit them into a corporate meaning is not sound. In talking about justification Gaffin says, "justification undoubtedly has a corporate concern and important communal implications.Read more ›
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