Brief Review and Quotation: Thomas Schreiner’s NT Theology

This is the first paragraph from Thomas Schreiner’s New Testament Theology:

The thesis advanced in this book is that NT theology is God-focused, Christ-centered, and Spirit-saturated, but the work of the Father, Son, and Spirit must be understood along a salvation-historical timeline; that is, God’s promises are already fulfilled but not yet consummated in Christ Jesus. We will see that the ministry of Jesus Christ and the work of the Spirit are fundamental for the fulfilling of God’s promises. The coming of Jesus Christ and the work of the Spirit are the prime indications that God is beginning to fulfill the saving promises made to Abraham.

As you can see just from the opening paragraph, Schreiner’s book is dense, with much truth packed into each paragraph. I almost wish I didn’t have to read the whole thing in a month, not because I don’t want to read it (all 900-or-so pages of it), but because I’d love to be able to work through every proposition and carefully study each Scripture reference in light of Schreiner’s comments.

This is one I’ll keep handy and refer to again and again. (I’ve already tabbed the Scripture index so I can look up passages I’m studying.)


About Michael R. Jones

Pastor and PhD candidate writing on Paul's theology of suffering.
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