Recently my pastor did a series on N.T. Wright and “New Perspectivism.” His emphasis was on the doctrine of imputed righteousness and where/how that is handled in his view and Wright’s. I’ve organized the links in this short list to make it accessible.

  • Zechariah 3 on Imputation here.
  • Bunyan on Imputation here.
  • Edwards on Justification here.
  • Romans 3:21 part 1 here.
  • Romans 3:21 part 2 here.
  • Romans 3:22 here .
  • Anybody out there? (on NPP) here.
  • Romans 3:24 and Imputation here.
  • Romans 4:2 and Boasting here.

As I mentioned previously, I’m perusing N.T. Wright’s Paul for Everyone commentary on Galatians. Frequently in reading it, I’m left asking, “Wha Happan?” So what is the source of my befuddlement? Wright specifically organizes the thought of this passage, and selects words such that his interpretation is quite perspicous. I think the highlighted sections below are telling of his emphasis. Allow the Scripture translations to tell the rest of the story:

First from the ESV:
23Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. 24So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. 25But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, 26for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

Now from N.T. Wright’s translation in Paul for Everyone:
“23Before this faithfulness arrived, we were kept under guard by the law, in close confinement until the coming faithfulness should be revealed. 24Thus the law was like a babysitter for us, looking after us until the coming of the Messiah, so that we might be given covenant membership on the basis of faithfulness. 25But now that faithfulness has come, we are no longer under the rule of the babysitter. 26For you are all children of God through the faithfulness which is in [of] the Messiah, Jesus.” (N.T. Wright, Paul for Everyone. SPCK, London England, UK. pg. 39. Emphasis added by me.)