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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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  • Paperback: 155 pages
  • Publisher: P & R Publishing; 2 edition (December 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875522718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875522715
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a difficult book, but worth ploughing through. Gaffin's main thesis is that many Reformed treatments of soteriology have not given sufficient attention to Paul's emphasis on the resurrection of Christ.

Christ is the one who has accomplished redemption in his death and resurrection. His accomplishments include justification, adoption, sanctification, and glorification. These are applied to all who are "in Christ" - united to him by faith.

Here's one key conclusion:

"Not justification by faith but union with the resurrected Christ by faith (of which union, to be sure, the justifying aspect stands out perhaps most prominently) is the central motif of Paul's applied soteriology."

The benefit of this thoughtful book is its careful exegesis of a lot of Pauline texts. Gaffin makes lots of connections that I had not seen before. His conclusions retain the monergism of traditional Reformed theology, while reconfiguring some elements around the central motiffs of the resurrection of Christ and our union with him. I found it very insightful. Definitely worth reading.
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Baptism signifies union with Christ" (45).

Thesis: believers are united to Christ in his death; Christ's death took on our sin; therefore, believers have died to sin (45). Interestingly, he leaves out his previous comments on baptism as union into Christ.

The theme governing Paul's thought is the unity of the resurrection with Christ with the resurrection of the believers (59-60). In the resurrection of the believer there are two episodes: the already and the not-yet.

Gaffin affirms the Holy Spirit's instrumentality in the resurrection of Jesus (cf. Romans 8:11; p. 66). Gaffin rightly affirms that Paul's teaching on the resurrection has a Trinitarian character: The Father raises the Son through the instrumentality of the Spirit (74).

The contrast between Adam and Christ is the contrast between two different heads/representatives of two different world-orders, aeons, ages (85).

Resurrection as the Redemption of Christ
As long as Christ is dead, Satan and the powers remain triumphant. Following Romans 1:3, Gaffin maintains that Christ's exaltation in the realm of the Spirit, the new age, is his justification or vindication (121). Christ's resurrection is his justification as the Last Adam, of the firstfruits.
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Gaffin brings our attention back to the centrality of the resurrection in Christian life. For me, the most challenging aspect of the book is his exegesis of Col. 3:1. Gaffin's work is the best I have read with regard to the doctrine of the resurrection, especially in light of the fact that the life the Christian is now living is resurrection life by virtue of his/her union with Christ.
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The apostle Paul has recruited many interpreters to date. As steward of the dispensation of grace, Paul could not be a steward merely because he chose to be, or because he was so regarded by others in his day. All of us were not called to labor in the ministry of revelation. To teach otherwise is on the one hand to provide a retreat for falsehood, and on the other hand to imperil the plain gospel truth.

'God reveals Himself both in redemption and in revelation, in what He does as well as in what He says.' p 22

Concerning Pauline interpretation, Richard Gaffin Jr stimulates and adds to the independent testimonies of two of the 20th century's most able Pauline theologians, Geerhardus Vos and Herman Ridderbos. The discontinuity, as Gaffin envisages the primary dimension of revelation in redemption, lies in the nature of the divine office that Paul held, as an apostle, in that he was principally engaged in the function of authentication of that revelatory process, and in the divine scheme of things was granted to communicate the attendant special revelation. And although the NT revelation places the apostle alongside us in the grace offered through it, we are to draw from the divine receptacle of the Bible alone, as the age of immediate revelation remains irretrievable to us experientially. As an inexhaustible source of both the process and product of inspiration, Warfield amplified the notion that Paul was 'the most didactic of the NT writers.' Biblical Doctrines p 176 Paul served as interpreter extraordinaire to the Christ-event.

'The interpretation of Paul above all involves careful attention to underlying structure.
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