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By Faith, Not by Sight: Paul and the Order of Salvation (Gaffin)

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Proponents of the "New Perspective" on Paul generally reject or minimize the concept of an ordo salutis ("order of salvation") in his writings. Building on the biblical-theological groundwork of the Reformed tradition, Richard B. Gaffin Jr. explores Paul's understanding of how individuals receive salvation.

Even Peter acknowledged that Paul wrote some things that are hard to understand, yet the central elements of Paul's teaching are clearly explained by Gaffin as he unfolds Paul's focus on Christ's death and resurrection and the essence of his ordo salutis.

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Table of Contents:

The Order of Salvation and the Theology of Paul

The Order of Salvation and the ‘Center’ of Paul’s Theology

The Order of Salvation and Eschatology – 1

The Order of Salvation and Eschatology – 2



Richard B. Gaffin Jr. (ThM and ThD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is Professor Emeritus of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He is also the author of Resurrection and Redemption: A Study in Paul’s Soteriology.



"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 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

"Masterful and penetrating survey of Paul's teaching on the application of redemption...Should be in the hands of every minister of the Word and student of Scripture." - Guy Prentiss Waters, Professor of New Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson