10 Things You Should Know about Systematic Theology

Scott R. Swain: 1. Systematic theology exists because the God who knows and loves himself in the bliss of the Trinity is pleased to make himself an object of creaturely knowledge and love through holy Scripture. Theology in its essence is “wisdom”—a knowledge that is ordered to love (practical wisdom), and a love that rests in knowledge (contemplative wisdom). More specifically, theology is wisdom about God and all things in relation to God. This wisdom exists first and foremost in God: God knows and loves himself in the bliss of his triune life as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matt. 11:27; 1 Cor. 2:10–11). This wisdom exists secondarily and derivatively in creatures because God is pleased to make us happy by making us friends in the knowledge and love of himself (John 10:14–15; 15:15; 17:3; 1 Cor. 2:12). Though not the only source for the knowledge and love of God (see Psalm 19; Rom 1-2), holy Scripture is the supreme

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Experiencing Gospel Transformation

From Robert W. Yarbrough’s notes, in the ESV Gospel Transformation Bible: The Law and the Gospel Having corrected mistaken impressions about the law and how the gospel relates to it (Rom. 6–7), Paul explains how there is “now no condemnation” for believers “in Christ Jesus” (v. 1). Christians are “set free” from sin’s guilt and power by the work of the Holy Spirit as he imparts spiritual life (v. 2). Neither the law nor human obedience could confer this life. Only the Son by his coming could, and did (v. 3). By Christ’s finished work, what the law calls for—living in harmony with God and his will—can actually take place through the work of God’s Spirit (v. 4). But we all face a stark either/or: either we are oriented toward “the flesh” (the human inclination to sin), which leads to death; or the Spirit reorients us, so that our present possession and final destiny are “life and peace” (vv. 5–6). Without

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The Gospel Transformation Bible

Coming soon – The Gospel Transformation Bible: Christ in All of Scripture, Grace for All of Life Publishers blurb: The apostle Paul summed up his whole ministry as existing “to testify to the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24). That single-minded goal is the heartbeat of the ESV Gospel Transformation Bible. Produced out of the conviction that the Bible is a unified message of God’s grace culminating in Jesus, it is a significant new tool to help readers see Christ in all the Bible, and grace for all of life. The Gospel Transformation Bible features all-new book introductions and gospel-illuminating notes written by a team of over 50 outstanding pastors and scholars. This specially prepared material outlines passage-by-passage God’s redemptive purposes of grace that echo all through Scripture and culminate in Christ. The notes not only explain but also apply the text in a grace-centered way. Focusing on heart transformation rather than mere behavior modification, their points of application

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The ESV Global Study Bible

Dane Ortlund: We created an all-new set of essays in the back by Christian leaders from around the world–Conrad Mbewe in Zambia, James Kombo in Kenya, Michael Oh in Japan, In Whan Kim in South Korea, Ajith Fernando in Sri Lanka, Ben Intan in Indonesia, Chee-Chiew Lee in Singapore, and others. One of the most strategic elements of this Bible is a two-page for each Bible book, written by international Bible scholars, explaining the global message of that book of the Bible. The GSB also adapts the study notes of the ESV Study Bible, lightly reworked for a global audience. And of course maps, charts, etc. And it will all be available in digital format for those who prefer to utilize the content that way. Here’s the website for the GSB. And here’s a video Crossway produced with Francis Chan introducing it. Francis articulates our own heart for this resource exactly.  

The ESV Literary Study Bible

Tony Reinke posts this helpful ‘blurb’ on the new ESV Literary Study Bible. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy! Taste and see by clicking on link 4. Excellent! ESV Literary Study Bible For those taking note at home, we have a chronology of links for readers interested in the new ESV Literary Study Bible edited by Leland and Philip Graham Ryken. 1. TSS reviewed the ESV LSB and you can read it here. 2. TSS traveled to Wheaton to interview editor Leland Ryken (listen to audio here). 3. The ESV released their official ESV LSB website here. 4. Now on the official ESV LSB website readers can browse the full text for free! Click here. 5. Finally, our friends over at Crossway transcribed the Ryken interview. Be watching for the text later this week at the official ESV LSB website. PS – I’m told further production delays are slowing the release of the ESV LSB. They

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