The following works are papers I wrote while pursuing my M. Div at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Although the perspective is from a young and growing theological mind, the arguments are well researched and faithful to Scripture. My hope is that these are a healthy resource for those seeking to dive deeper into the more advanced nuances of doctrine and history.
A Position Paper on the Differing Perspectives on Justification
It is my contention that justification is, in fact, an instantaneous legal act in which Christ’s righteousness is imputed onto believers and is not a process by which we become more like Christ, which can be proven by leveraging Paul’s New Testament articulation of righteousness (Gk. δικαιοσύνη), and the arguments presented by Reformers such as Martin Luther and John Calvin.
A Brief Position on Baptism with the Holy Spirit
Despite the strong arguments made by J. Rodman Williams, my contention is that baptism with the Holy Spirit occurs at the time of salvation with subsequent fillings of the Holy Spirit throughout the life of the believer, and the crux of my argument rests on the true definition of “Christian” in tandem with the real purpose of the New Covenant body of believers.
A Brief Position on Election and Reprobation
In humble recognition of the brilliant minds who have debated this doctrine before me, I will now leverage primarily Ephesians 1 and Romans 9 to support my belief in unconditional election and reprobation, which should provide the believer not only with assurance of salvation, but also with motivation to evangelize.
The Return of Jesus: Millennium and Tribulation
Therefore, in the following pages I will make an argument for the doctrine of classical premillennialism based primarily on the sequential nature of Revelation 20, then I will connect John’s revelation to Jesus’s words in Matthew 24 to prove that Jesus will return after the tribulation. Finally, I will present a theory for how I believe this doctrine should be applied in the church.
A Biblical Ethics Framework
In the following thoughts I will seek, therefore, to outline a Biblical ethical framework from which all decisions can be made, not that this framework will be prescriptive by any means, but it will address the heart of the issue of Christian ethics, which can safely guide a believer towards living in harmony with God and man.
Reconciling God's Sovereignty with Human Responsibility
Despite the controversy, it is my position that the only way to rightly understand the relationship between God’s sovereignty and human responsibility is through the compatibilist perspective which can be affirmed by analysis of Scripture and philosophical insight.
If God is omnipotent, then why is there evil in the world?
Evil exists as a present, past, and future reality in this world in order to bring about God’s greater glory and manifest his eternal divine purposes. I will first summarize the positions of four theologians who hold to different perspectives than myself, then present evidence from both scripture and four additional theologians which serve to support my argument.
A 4-Week Study on the Son of Man in the New Testament
Before we dive too deeply into the details of our Son of Man in the New Testament study, it is important to outline a few key points so you know both where we have been and where we are heading. First, what does the term Son of Man (SM) mean?