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Justification and Regeneration (Expanded Edition) Paperback – May 4, 2009
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In Romans 6 Paul frequently states, “Don’t you know?” “Knowing this” “Knowing that” when he presents those magnificent foundational truths regarding our miraculous personal transformation by being found, in Christ. 2000 years later and we are suffering from that same critical lack of understanding. “Justifications and Regeneration” supplies the rest of the missing American gospel, the rest of the story. The undoing of the penalty and power of sin; the death of our relationship to Adam; our secure relationship with God, being united with and in Christ; our new nature; are all elements foundational to the gospel and our victory over the presence of sin. These essential truths have been nearly nonexistent in most churches, replaced with pragmatic helps for the hopeful Christian. Buy it, read it, then buy a few for your friends. They’ll be ever grateful!
Do I recommend this book? Absolutely!
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In the second part of the book Leiter deals with the subject of regeneration. This is one of the most detailed treatments of the subject I have read in a long time. Leiter mines the Scriptures to explain what it means to be regenerate and how this applies to our in our daily lives. The treatment is thorough and extremely helpful.
I have three major issues with Leiter which is why I gave it four stars and not five. Firstly, Leiter takes the view that Romans 7 is speaking of a person who is not a Christian rather than the traditional reformed view that this is the daily, normal experience of the Christian. While he makes a good case for his view I am not persuaded. I think he should have dealt with the Greek text and explained why there is a change in tense here. Also he should have interacted with the Puritans and their view of sanctification.
Secondly, I was not sure of Leiter's view that the regenerate Christian will fulfill the law of God automatically (p. 119). This frankly smacks of anti-nomianism. As a pastor I would be very careful about taking his position on the law in the life of the Christian today. Leiter seems to indicate that the law does not really have a role in our lives today as we are now under grace.
Thirdly, while I rejoice in Leiter's positive approach to the Christian life I did wonder if he gives the impression that there are no struggles in the Christian life against sin. My experience as a pastor is that Christians are constantly under assault and frequently face defeat in their lives. Does this mean we are lacking something in our Christian lives? I don't think so. This, it seems to me, is the normal Christian life. We do have the victory and will have the victory but there is a huge battle against the world, the flesh and the devil and this is not at all an easy fight.
That said, this is a really good and helpful book.
I didn't need to wait too long for it to arrive either, excellent delivery period, I believe I waited approximately three days or so.
Overall this item has been such a blessing, I'd bought two, in order to provide the other as a gift.