This important work on the doctrine of perseverance examines Scripture's warnings and exhortations and their purpose in salvation.Scripture's commands to persevere, and warnings of the consequences if we fail, have been met with apathy by some, and led others to doubt the state of their salvation. The fearful and eternal nature of these issues warrants careful examination of what the Bible says about perseverance. Thomas Schreiner once again tackles this difficult topic in Run to Win the Prize. Clarifying misunderstandings stemming from his more detailed treatment in The Race Set Before Us (IVP 2001), Schreiner draws together an illuminating overview of biblical teaching on the doctrine of perseverance.Schreiner details how God directs the collective warnings and exhortations of Scripture toward believers as a means of preservation. We are to think of the call to persevere in light of the initial call to faith, both agents by which God leads us to final salvation. Those looking for a general treatment of the doctrine of perseverance will profit from the challenges and assurances in Run to Win the Prize.
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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.