From a close study of key Old and New Testament texts and interaction with historical and contemporary theologians, Bradley Green shows how different aspects of the Christian life are each God-elicited, real and necessary. Reaffirming the best Reformed voices, this New Studies in Biblical Theology volume provides a biblical theology of the nature, role and place of works, obedience and faithfulness in the new covenant.
Addressing key issues in biblical theology, the works comprising New Studies in Biblical Theology are creative attempts to help Christians better understand their Bibles. The NSBT series is edited by D. A. Carson, aiming to simultaneously instruct and to edify, to interact with current scholarship and to point the way ahead.
"For the Christian, to know Jesus, to confess him as Lord, entails obeying him. But how does this reality relate to a plethora of complementary themes? Dr Green addresses this question by soundings in an impressive diversity of topics. . . . Along the way Dr Green interacts with various writers in the Reformed tradition, and with contemporary thinkers (e.g. Henri Blocher, N. T. Wright). The canvas on which he paints is large enough to draw in a wide range of readers, all of whom will find themselves simulated to think about these issues more precisely."
"While role of works for those coming to salvation and in the coming future judgment have often been the topics of discussion of New Testament theology, Green's book fills a gap by focusing on the role of works in the ongoing life of the believer. His emphasis on the cross and grace-enabled good works in the life of the believer is a helpful correction to sweeping statements concerning the ongoing role of good works in the life of the believer."
"As with the other works in the series, the book is very well-written, clear, and free from distracting details. Green argues thoroughly and persuasively for his thesis. . . . This book is a welcomed addition to the ongoing debate of the relationship between faith and works in the Christian life."
1. The New Testament and the reality and necessity of works,
obedience and faithfulness
2. Obedience, works and faithfulness: moving from Old
Testament to New Testament
3. Old covenant, new covenant and the history of redemption
4. The cross and the reality of works, obedience and faithfulness
5. Union with Christ and its relationship to works, obedience
6. Justification, judgment and the future
7. The reality and necessity of works, obedience and
Index of authors
Index of Scripture references