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Justification: God's Plan and Paul's Vision

Posted on 16 July 2010 Gavin Glenn

By Elaine Alinta 

This book was written in response to a book by John Piper called The Future of Justification: A Response to N. T. Wright (also in this library). It seems some people are worried that N.T. (Tom) Wright is straying from a strict Lutheran/Calvinist reading of Paul. Wright counters this criticism with good-humour but thoroughly by setting his exegesis of Paul’s writing in its 1st century context.  Wright’s main point is that central to Paul (especially in Romans) is that God had a single plan through which he intended to rescue the world and the human race, and that this single plan was centred upon the call of Israel, a call which Paul saw coming to fruition in Israel’s representative, the Messiah.  Christian truth is not all about me and my salvation (how to make sure I go to heaven when I die), but about God’s plan to rescue this world, God’s faithfulness to the covenant made with Abraham. Wright considers that if the Reformation tradition had treated the gospels as equally important to the epistles this inward looking mistake might not have happened.

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