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By Faith, Not by Sight

Paul and the Order of Salvation

Direct Price: $14.99 $11.50
Format: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781596384439
Publication Date 11/01/13

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Proponents of the "New Perspective" on Paul generally reject or minimize the concept of an ordo salutis ("order of salvation") in his writings. Building on the biblical-theological groundwork of the Reformed tradition, Richard B. Gaffin Jr. explores Paul's understanding of how individuals receive salvation.

Even Peter acknowledged that Paul wrote some things that are hard to understand, yet the central elements of Paul's teaching are clearly explained by Gaffin as he unfolds Paul's focus on Christ's death and resurrection and the essence of his ordo salutis.


“A rich and deeply satisfying theological treat!”

—Sinclair Ferguson

“No one can read this book without being struck again by the depth and coherence of the apostle’s teaching—and by Gaffin’s skill in expounding it.”

—Moisés Silva, Formerly Professor of New Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

“Masterful and penetrating survey of Paul’s teaching on the application of redemption. . . . Should be in the hands of every minister of the Word and student of Scripture.”

—Guy Prentiss Waters, Professor of New Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson

“Brings clarity and precision to recent discussions concerning the content of the divinely revealed gospel proclaimed by the apostle Paul.”

—Dennis E. Johnson, Professor of Practical Theology, Westminster Seminary California

“Clear, perceptive, and exegetically satisfying, this potent little book is a valuable—and timely—gift to the church.”

—Charles E. Hill, Professor of New Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando


The Author

Richard B. Gaffin Jr.

Richard B. Gaffin Jr.

Richard B. Gaffin Jr. is professor emeritus of biblical and systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.