Run to Win the Prize: Perseverance in the New Testament


In this clarifying overview of the biblical teaching on the doctrine of perseverance, Schreiner guides believers to carefully consider the overall message and purpose of Scripture's warnings and exhortations to persevere.

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In this clarifying overview of the biblical teaching on the doctrine of perseverance, Schreiner guides believers to carefully consider the overall message and purpose of Scripture's warnings and exhortations to persevere.

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“The twin doctrines of assurance and perseverance are defined by our understanding of the gospel of Christ. In Run to Win the Prize, Tom Schreiner presents a masterful and faithful case for the doctrine of perseverance as set forth in the New Testament. The book is a must read for these times. A master New Testament theologian, Tom Schreiner offers an education in biblical interpretation and sound words of pastoral counsel. This concise book will help all believers run the race together.”
R. Albert Mohler Jr., President and Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Mature insight. Control of the sources. Satisfying interpretations. Schreiner takes a difficult topic and makes it look easy. Like the work of a master craftsman, this book will enrich understanding and inspire interpreters to see what is there.”
James M. Hamilton Jr., Associate Professor of Biblical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, God’s Glory in Salvation through Judgment

faith to be saved has proved not only difficult, but has often led to excesses and imbalances. One imbalance ends up arguing that true believers can forfeit their salvation and be lost if they don't persevere; the opposite imbalance suggests that professing believers are saved regardless of whether or not they persevere in belief and good works. Tom Schreiner has done a masterful job of charting a course through rich biblical teaching that avoids both of these excesses. Here readers will encounter both the joy of knowing that God will not fail to save those whom he has elected and brought to true saving faith, while at the same time they will face squarely the necessity of persevering faith, love and good deeds that mark those truly saved through Christ and His Spirit. Here is biblical balance, and more important, biblical fidelity. All who long to understand better the nature of Christian faith and good works will benefit greatly from this lucid and biblical treatment.”
Bruce A. Ware, Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433514364
  • Publisher: Crossway Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/2010
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas R. Schreiner is the James Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He holds an MDiv and ThM from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary and a PhD from Fuller Theological Seminary. He has published a number of articles and book reviews in scholarly journals.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Mike Ovey 9

Preface 11

Abbreviations 13

1 Exhortations to Persevere 15

2 How to Understand the Warnings in Scripture 25

3 Persevering in Faith Is Not Perfection 51

4 Persevering in Faith Is Not Works-Righteousness 69

5 Faith and Assurance and Warnings 87

Epilogue 113

Appendix: A Meditation on Galatians 5:2-6 115

Scripture Index 123

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  • Posted October 12, 2010

    Adds More Confusion to the Conversation

    The doctrine of perseverance is prevalent in the New Testament. Repetition in Scripture underscores significant doctrines. Thomas R. Schreiner wrote about this doctrine in his new book "Run to Win: Perseverance in the New Testament." This doctrine seems to cause quite a bit of tension and misunderstanding among theological traditions. Schreiner seeks to bring some clarity to this doctrine. He does a really good job of looking at the NT passages that encourage perseverance and warns of the consequences of falling away. Schreiner is fairly thorough with his treatment of these "warning passages." He presents a strong interpretation of these passages, but his conclusions seem to contradict his interpretations. The problem comes in the contradiction of the Wesleyan-Arminian belief that you can lose your salvation and the Spurgeon-Calvinist belief of eternal security. These two beliefs cannot co-exist. They are polar opposites. The doctrine of perseverance lends a tremendous amount of credibility to the Wesleyan-Arminian belief that a person can lose their salvation. But Schreiner concludes that just because these warnings are in the NT that you still cannot lose your salvation. Why would the NT be full of perseverance language and warnings if it was not possible to lose your salvation? Also Schreiner seems to be soft pedal apostasy and claims it is not a sin. Apostasy is the renunciation of one's religious belief. Apostasy is a sin because it is renouncing Christ. Schreiner does an excellent job at interpreting the NT warning passages about perseverance, but I believe his conclusions do not support these interpretations. For me, Schreiner does not bring clarity instead he muddies the water even more. This book is worth the read, but it is by no means the end of the conservation on the doctrine of perseverance.

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