Proof in the Pudding.

The proof is in the pudding. Election can only be affirmed where the gospel is effective in leading to salvation. Indeed, Paul assures the Romans that the gospel is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes. In 1 Thessalonians 1:4 ff. Paul reminds that the readers already know they are beloved of God, and as chosen, they know their election. The reason Paul adds immediately is that the gospel has come to them not only in word but in power, and in the Holy Spirit, and in full assurance. So, this impeccable logic leads backwards from faith to regeneration to gospel proclamation in word. And because we consciously believe we are filled with assurance, and hence know we are elect. Indeed, the proof is in the pudding.

Reflections on the recent “plagiarism” debacle over at Eerdmans.

As one that has used O’Brien’s Greek Text commentary on Philippians, I am particularly intrigued by the question of plagiarism. James Ernest, a senior editor at Eerdmans, has stated that both outsiders and internal editors have concluded that the initial accusations have merit enough to force books to be pulled. The three commentaries by Peter […]