Jesus' Blood and Righteousness: Paul's Theology of Imputation

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Crossway, 2006 - Religion - 254 pages

The question of whether Paul teaches that Christ’s righteousness is imputed to the believer has been debated for roughly four hundred years. Some of the questions that arise are: What is the connection between Adam and the rest of the human race? How did Christ fulfill the role of the second or new Adam? How can the “ungodly” stand before a righteous God?

In Jesus’ Blood and Righteousness, Brian Vickers investigates the key Pauline texts linked historically to the topic of imputation. Though Vickers spends a good deal of time on the particulars of each text, he keeps one eye on the broader biblical horizon; like any doctrine, imputation must be investigated exegetically and synthetically. This book, and its conclusion that the imputation of Christ’s righteousness is a legitimate and necessary synthesis of Paul’s teaching, is a valuable contribution to the ongoing debate on imputation.

“Vickers’s work is sure to be one of the most significant contributions to the ongoing discussion of the nature of the imputation of Christ’s righteousness. For the sake of one’s own soul, and for richer biblical and theological understanding, I recommend to Christians that they read with care this excellent work.”
Bruce A. Ware, Professor of Christian Theology, Senior Associate Dean, School of Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Accessible to any intelligent reader with an interest in theology, exegesis, and doctrine, but especially helpful to pastors, teachers, and seminarians.”
J. Ligon Duncan III, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi; Adjunct Professor, Reformed Theological Seminary

“With great clarity Dr. Vickers bases his theological conclusions on careful, contextual study of the Scriptures. And he does all of this with a gentle spirit that refuses to demonize those who disagree with him. I heartily commend this volume as a needed, constructive, and helpful piece of theological exegesis.”
Robert A. Peterson, Professor of Systematic Theology, Covenant Theological Seminary

“Integral to the Pauline understanding of salvation is the idea of imputation. Vickers clearly demonstrates how it fits within the contours of Pauline theology and masterfully exegetes the pertinent texts on which the doctrine is founded. Highly recommended!”
Michael A. G. Haykin, Principal, Toronto Baptist Seminary

“Too often discussions on imputation produce quarrels rather than understanding, but here we have a work that furnishes an exegetical basis for the Pauline teaching.”
Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

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Contents

Chapter 1
23
Index
251
Back Cover
257
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Page 7 - My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. When thou goest, it shall lead thee ; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee ; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.
Page 42 - You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.
Page 74 - Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. - And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.
Page 159 - For He hath made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him
Page 40 - The Lord Jesus, by his perfect obedience and sacrifice of himself, which he through the eternal Spirit once offered up unto God, hath fully satisfied the justice of his Father; and purchased not only reconciliation, but an everlasting inheritance in the kingdom of heaven, for all those whom the Father hath given unto him.
Page 235 - Christ. and be found in him, not having a righteousness of mine own, even that which is of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith: that I may know him.

About the author (2006)

Brian J. Vickers (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is professor of New Testament interpretation and biblical theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and the assistant editor of the Southern Baptist Journal of Theology. He is actively involved in leading short-term mission trips and teaching overseas. He is also a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Institute for Biblical Research.

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