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A Review of Gibson’s Chapter 13 in
“From Heaven He Came and Sought Her”

by Dr. David L. Allen
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

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In chapter 13, Jonathan Gibson attempts to demonstrate definite atonement in Paul’s soteriology. His basic thesis is that definite atonement emerges from the Pauline letters when one  approaches the issue in a biblico-systematic fashion. “Definite atonement is a theological conclusion reached on the other side of comprehensive synthesis” (332).

Strikingly, Gibson announces: “When exegesis serves the domain of constructive theology . . . one may argue not only that Paul’s theology allows for a definite atonement but that it can point in no other direction” (332).

Bold words.

Can Gibson deliver?

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Does Paul Teach Limited Atonement? | David L. Allen, PhD

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A Review of Gibson’s Chapter 12 in
“From Heaven He Came and Sought Her”

by Dr. David L. Allen
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

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Jonathan Gibson’s chapter 12 is one of the heftiest in the book, weighing in at 40 plus pages. This is to be expected since there is so much material in the Pauline letters that impinge on the question at hand.

Following a two page introduction, he divides his chapter into five sections: 1) Particularistic texts (4 pages); 2) Universal texts (25+ pages); 3) texts that deal with those perishing, false teachers, and offended brothers, for whom Christ died (2 pages); 4) Christ died for “all” and for the “world (5 pages);” and 5) Definite atonement and evangelism (1 page). This is followed by a summary conclusion.  

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Motyer’s Mistakes in Isaiah 53 / David Allen, PhD

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Isaiah 53 and Limited Atonement
A Review of Motyer’s chapter in
“From Heaven He Came and Sought Her”

by Dr. David L. Allen
Dean of the School of Theology
Professor of Preaching
Director of the Center for Expository Preaching
George W. Truett Chair of Pastoral Ministry
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
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In Chapter 10, J. Alec Motyer treats us to a solid exegesis of Isaiah 53. I always try to read Motyer on any text of Scripture which he writes. He is an excellent exegete.

Here Motyer avoids the clutter of quotations from other commentators, and stays directly with his exegesis of the text. It’s smooth sailing until we come to page 252:

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Lessons on Life & Suffering from John Donne / David L. Allen, PhD

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by Dr. David L. Allen
Dean of the School of Theology
Professor of Preaching
Director of the Center for Expository Preaching
George W. Truett Chair of Pastoral Ministry
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

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“God never uses a man greatly until he hurts him deeply.”

So said A. W. Tozer. Few men can attest to this truth like John Donne, the 17th century English preacher, poet, and Dean of St. Paul’s Church in London from 1621 until his death in 1631. Today, Donne is more known for his poetry than for his preaching, but he was a master of both.

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Gaining a Fuller Understanding / David Allen, Ph.D.

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Responding to Dr. Michael Haykin*

by Dr. David L. Allen
Dean of the School of Theology
Professor of Preaching
Director of the Center for Expository Preaching
George W. Truett Chair of Pastoral Ministry
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

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I have enjoyed reading Dr. Caner’s 3 part series on “Historical Southern Baptist Soteriology” at SBCToday and Dr. Haykin’s brief response which is posted at Andrewfullercenter.org. Both have helped me to understand the issues better.

Since I, too, have written on Fuller’s shift in his position on the extent of the atonement,1 I would like to make a few important points concerning what Dr. Haykin is claiming concerning Dr. Caner’s section on Fuller in Part Two of his post with respect to the extent of the atonement.

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