Saved to Rule

New Testament scholar Dr. Haley Goranson Jacob’s Conformed to the Image of his Son: Reconsidering Paul’s Theology of Glory (IVP 2018) is one of the best books in biblical scholarship I have ever come across. I read it earlier this year and it has had a profound impact on my own theology. I have covered or referenced her work multiple times this year, which you can read here including a helpful summary of her book which you can find here. She concludes her book with a powerful statement on how we ought to think of salvation. Dr. Jacob writes,

I return my reader to one of the key questions of this book: What is
the goal of salvation? For too long, scholars and laymen alike have myopically viewed justification and salvation as ends in themselves, whether for the benefit of the individual or of the incorporative body of Christ. The goal of salvation is believers’ conformity to the Son of God—their participation in his rule over creation as God’s eschatological family and as renewed humanity—but only and always with the purpose of extending God’s hand of mercy, love, and care to his wider creation. This was humanity’s job in the beginning; it will be believers’ responsibility and honor in the future; it is God’s purpose in calling his people in the present.

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Scripture Controlled Theology

Earlier this year, I covered the brilliant work of Dr. Haley Goranson Jacob on the meaning of glory from her 2018 book Conformed to the Image of his Son: Reconsidering Paul’s Theology of Glory. On pages 225 to 226 she refers to some very insightful comments by Dr. Dane Ortlund on how we interpret what glory means in Romans 8:30.

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Romans in Conclusion

The Letter to the Romans is one of the most influential books of the New Testament. It is the apostle Paul, the most prolific New Testament author, at the height of his powers. There are many iconic verses from Romans such as 1:16, 3:23, 8:37, 12:1 and many more. Even though this book is a perennial focus of study and research, there is a key passage in it that little attention is paid to, even among Pauline scholars[1]. That passage is Romans 15:7-13 and the reason why it matters so much is that it is the conclusion to Paul’s main message in Romans[2]. It says, Continue reading “Romans in Conclusion”

Demons & Evil Spirits with Michael Heiser

Old Testament scholar and biblical theologian Dr. Michael Heiser shares for the church crucial insights from over a century of biblical scholarship on evil spirits and the “unseen realm”. Continue reading “Demons & Evil Spirits with Michael Heiser”

From Jerusalem to the World

We tend to think of the baptism of the Spirit as something universal, available to everyone who believes. While this is true, there is a little more to it. The Jewishness of Luke’s account of the outpouring of the Spirit on Pentecost is something we have to pay attention to. The Spirit is given in the Jewish capital Jerusalem, which becomes the focal point of their early activities and their Spirit-empowered mission is initially exclusively to Jews. New Testament scholar Craig Keener makes an interesting observation about why that was the case. Continue reading “From Jerusalem to the World”