The apostle Paul’s theology of glory has its foundations in the biblical drama of creation, fall, redemption and consummation, and in the identity of Jesus as revealed in his teachings, life, death and resurrection.
The triune God, who is intrinsically glorious, graciously and joyfully displays his glory, largely through his creation, human image-bearers, providence and redemptive acts. God’s people respond by glorifying him. God receives glory and, through uniting his people to Christ, he shares his glory with them – all to his eternal glory.
Christopher Morgan and Robert Peterson explore the glory of God in Paul's letters with regard to: the Trinity; salvation; the resurrection; the new covenant; the church; eschatology; the Christian life. God intends his glory to impact many areas of believers’ lives: their gradual transformation ‘from glory to glory’ (2 Cor. 3:18) occurs as they meditate and reflect on the splendour of the Lord.
Some topics are so ubiquitous in Scripture that it is difficult to treat them in a succinct and penetrating way. One is reduced to sweeping generalities. This book by Chris Morgan and Robert Peterson on The Glory of God and Paul is the exception. After cautiously surveying the use of ‘the glory of God’ in Scripture, Morgan and Peterson embark on a careful inductive analysis of the use of the expression in Paul, book by book – the most controlled form of biblical theology – before attempting a thoughtful synthesis. Before taking up this topic in the future, the wisest preachers and teachers will want to consult this book.
—D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, USA
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