Book Review—The Gospel of Free Acceptance in Christ

The Gospel of Free Acceptance in Christ: An Assessment of the Reformation and New Perspectives on Paul by Cornelis P. Venema. Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 2006. 352 pp. $28.00/hardback.

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ISBNs: 0851519393 / 9780851519395

LCCN: BS2655 J8 V46 2006x

DCN: 227 V456g

Special Features: Selected Bibliography, Index of Persons, Index of Selected Subjects, Index of Scripture References.

Subject(s): The Apostle Paul, Justification, New Perspective on Paul

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Book Review—Jesus’ Blood and Righteousness

Jesus’ Blood and Righteousness: Paul’s Theology of Imputation. By Brian Vickers. Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway Books, 2006. 254 pp. $14.99/paperback. Purchase: Crossway, CBD, Westminster Bookstore Amazon

vickers.jpgSpecial Features: Bibliography, Person Index.

ISBNs: 978-1-58134-754-8 / 1-58134-754-5

LCCN: BT764.3.V53

DCN: 234’.7–dc22

Subject: Righteousness, Bible. N.T. Epistles of Paul – Theology, Paul, the Apostle, Saint.

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2006 Christmas Message—Redemption Provided

by John C. Whitcomb, Th.D

The second Person of the Triune God added a human nature to His divine nature a little more than 2,000 years ago! This stupendous and miraculous event was revealed to God’s people from the beginning of the world. God announced to Satan (in Gen. 3:15) not long after the creation of Adam and Eve (which occurred “at the beginning,” Matt. 19:4, KJV): “I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed (the unbelieving community of mankind) and her seed [all true believers represented by their Savior]; [He] shall bruise thy head [a fatal, judicial blow delivered to Satan at the cross—John 12:31], and thou shalt bruise His heel [the crucifixion of Christ]” (KJV).

Especially noteworthy is the emphasis on “the woman” (rather than “the man” or even “the man and the woman”). If Adam was the responsible head of that family unit (“by one man sin entered into the world,” Rom. 5:12, KJV; and “by man came death,” 1 Cor. 15:21, KJV), what function was Eve to have, in the light of this prophetic announcement? Adam perceived that his wife, though instrumental in the fall (1 Tim. 2:14), would, by the amazing grace of God, be instrumental in bringing their Savior into the world. Therefore he named her “Eve” (i.e., “life” or “living”), “because she was the mother of all living” (Gen. 3:20, KJV).

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