What did Paul really believe about God and the Gospel? Was there a central message behind all of his letters? In the second edition of Thomas R. Schreiner’s Paul, Apostle of God’s Glory in Christ, we look at the scope of Paul’s worldview and writings to see the powerful themes of his theology.
From the first chapter, Schreiner states that the passion of Paul’s life, the foundation and capstone of his vision, and the animating motive of his mission is the supremacy of God in and through the Lord Jesus Christ.
The basis of mission is highlighted in Chapter 3, and the ultimate goal of Paul’s mission was not Jew and Gentile reconciliation or to see God’s saving promises for Jews and Gentiles come to fruition. Rather, Paul’s mission was to see God glorified, and one outpouring of this was in Jew and Gentile worship. Chapter 4 is all about suffering as a means to proclaim the Gospel. In imprisonment and affliction, the weakness of the messenger showcases the power and strength of God.
I was intrigued by an excursion at the end of Chapter 7 on Universalism and the inclusion of the Gentiles. Schreiner makes it a point to say that repentance and faith are necessary for salvation.
Spiritual gifts are the topic of Chapter 13. He addresses Wayne Grudem’s interpretation on the gift of prophecy, concluding that there is no evidence that the New Testament prophets spoke both truth and error. Like the Old Testament prophets, they spoke the truth accurately. In regards to tongues, they are a language with a discernible code and can be interpreted.
This book is scholarly yet nontechnical. It is proofed with Scripture and the Hebrew/Greek languages yet approachable. It will cause you to better understand Paul and Scripture. But more importantly, it will cause you to better understand the God whom Paul and Scripture speak of – and it will lead you to worship.
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