Stephen Westerholm, Perspectives Old and New on Paul (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004)
John Piper, The Future of Justification: A Response to N. T. Wright (Wheaton: Crossway, 2007)
They are not easily located and finally I had to fork out RM108 to get Westerholm’s book from Canaanland that had them flown in. I started reading it before classes and before long found myself more scanning than reading.
I just got hold of Piper’s book yesterday (also from Canaanland), and read about 40 pages of it this morning. It is a good book. For someone who has not spent much on this topic of justification and who is quite new to the New Perspective on Paul (NPP), I feel that Piper would be a good start.
He gives a good introduction and also lists out a few NPP issues that he deals with in the book:
- The Gospel is not about how to get saved?
- Justification is not how you become a Christian?
- Justification is not the Gospel?
- We are not justified by believing in justification?
- The imputation of God’s righteousness makes no sense at all?
- Future justification is on the basis of the complete life lived?
- First-century Judaism had nothing of the alleged self-righteous and boastful legalism?
- God’s righteousness is the same as His covenant faithfulness?
I do not have an answer to the question on imputation because as much as I believe that Christ’s righteousness is imputed on us, I need to study it deeper. As far as the other questions are concerned, I have no idea what they refer to. I will have to read on to find out. And just like the last book I actually finished reading, I must do the same for this one and kick myself if I end up having it half read like the ones piled on top of my table now. Hit me if I do.