Book Review | Paul, Apostle of God’s Glory in Christ

Apostle Paul is one of the most prominent figures in the New Testament and in the entire Bible as a whole. Of the 27 books in the New Testament, 13 are traditionally attributed to him. His writings and letters are the foundation of the Christian teaching we know today including the most essential and crucial doctrines. With all this, how should students of Scripture engage the challenging task of discerning the shape of Paul’s thought?

In Paul, Apostle of God’s Glory in Christ, Thomas R. Schreiner seeks to unearth Paul’s worldview by observing what Paul actually says in his writings and laying out the most important themes and how they are connected. According to Schreiner, “The passion of Paul’s life, the foundation and capstone of his vision, and the animating motive of his mission was the supremacy of God in and through the Lord Jesus Christ.”

This second edition is revised throughout and engages with more recent works on Paul. Schreiner begins in the centrality of God in Christ in Paul’s theology. He notes that the passion of Paul’s life, the foundation and capstone of his vision, and the animating motive of his mission is the supremacy of God in and through the Lord Jesus Christ.

Shreiner also explores the basis and dimensions of the Pauline mission. He then tackles the key doctrines that Paul teaches in his epistles—the Pauline theology of sin, person of Christ, God’s saving righteousness and transforming grace, the law, new birth, church ordinances, and culture.

Thomas R. Schreiner’s Paul, Apostle of God’s Glory in Christ is an incredible book on Pauline Theology. Although it is written with a more scholarly bent in mind, it is written in an accessible way. I appreciate the systematic approaches and the author’s presentation of different views and interpretations of topics. If you want to dive deep into Paul’s theology, this is an excellent place to start.


Disclosure: A review copy of the Paul, Apostle of God’s Glory in Christ (ISBN 9780830852703) was provided for review by InterVarsity Press, from whom you may purchase a copy.

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