Possessed By God (New Studies In Biblical Theology Series)
David Peterson challenges the common assumption that the New Testament views sanctification as primarily a process. He argues that its emphasis falls upon sanctification as a definitive event, "God's way of taking possession of us in Christ, setting us...
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David Peterson challenges the common assumption that the New Testament views sanctification as primarily a process.
He argues that its emphasis falls upon sanctification as a definitive event, "God's way of taking possession of us in Christ, setting us apart to belong to him and to fulfill his purpose for us." Simply to identify sanctification with growth and holiness, he contends, obscures the emphasis and balance of New Testament teaching and creates unrealistic expectations.
Throughout this study Peterson builds his case on the careful exegesis of relevant passages, with a keen eye for the pastoral implications of his findings.
Table of Contents
1. The Biblical Starting-Point
2. Sanctified in Christ
3. Sanctified in Word and Spirit
4. Pursuing Holiness
5. Living Between the Cross and the Resurrection
6. Transformation, Renewal and Growth
Appendix A: "The Meaning of Hagiasmos in the New Testament"
Appendix B: "Sanctification and God's Law"
Index of Scripture References
Index of Modern Authors
"From one point of view, holiness means always starting afresh, acknowledging each day our status and calling as God's holy people and living it out. The sanctified life involves dedicating ourselves again and again, as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, knowing that we can only do this because of his grace towards us in the Lord Jesus. In practical everyday terms, sanctification means living in gratitude for what God has already accomplished for us, and promised us in Christ.
David Peterson (Ph.D., University of Manchester) is senior research fellow in New Testament at Moore Theological College, Sydney, Australia. Previously, he was principal of Oak Hill Theological College in London, England.
Dr Peterson's publications include Hebrews and Perfection (Cambridge University Press), Possessed by God (Volume 1, New Studies in Biblical Theology, InterVarsity Press), Engaging with God (InterVarsity Press),(with I. Howard Marshall) Witness to the Gospel: The Theology of Acts and most recently The Acts of the Apostles (The Pillar New Testament Commentary.
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