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The Protestant Church has wrestled since the time of the Reformation with how can believers be saved by grace but rewarded in degrees based on their works. Though some through the years have argued the Scriptures don't actually teach differing degrees of reward, this has been the predominant view. This book takes the minority view. Believers are saved by grace alone through faith alone, and the believer's rewards and glorification are based on the finished work of Christ alone. It is grace from start to finish. The church is the bride of Christ, and in the end all that is His is hers.
"Grounded in covenant theology with a focus on the pactum salutis and in Reformed soteriology with an emphasis on salvation by grace alone, Taylor's More than Heaven builds a fresh case for the minority view that Scripture does not teach degrees of heavenly reward based on human merit; any eschatological blessing is earned by Christ alone and obtained by believers by grace alone." -MEREDITH M. KLINE, retired director of Goddard Library, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
"If we believe in justification by faith alone apart from works, what does that do to the idea of degrees of reward in heaven? Jeff Taylor does an excellent service in showing from Scripture that there is only one reward-eternal glory in the new creation, merited on behalf of all the elect by Christ, the second Adam." -CHARLES LEE IRONS, Sr. Research Administrator, Charles R. Drew University
"... More Than Heaven is extremely important and exceedingly elegant work in interpreting verses concerning the eternal glory of the risen Christ who has deemed us worthy of innocence in the one final judgement in which the covenant elect are universally rewarded based on Christ’s merit and not our own." Scott Meyer Ph.D. Yale
"Taylor, however, has arguably produced the clearest, most readable, and most straightforward synthesis of the main contours of Kline’s covenant theology....
Taylor’s argument shows thorough consistency in demonstrating that a sinner’s justification by faith alone on the basis of Christ’s imputed righteousness precludes the possibility of a reconsideration of our everlasting condition on the basis of our works. Since Christ has fully merited heavenly reward through His fulfillment of the covenant of redemption, believers are entitled to that full reward because they are united to Christ. The force of the argument demolishes any notion of a second justification or second aspect of justification—taking consideration of believers’ works—at the last judgment." Harrison Perkins Ph.D. Queen’s University Belfast, visiting lecturer in systematic theology at Edinburgh Theological Seminary, Online Faculty in church history for Westminster Theological Seminary, Review: More Than Heaven: A Biblical Theological Argument for a Federal View of Glorification by T. Jeff Taylor
This is single handedly the best book I've ever read on the scriptural witness to the matter of reward and glory. Taylor masterfully weaves an exegetically tight tapestry of the biblical metanarrative of glorification that is sure to challenge and comfort readers presuppositions about heaven and glory while at the same time pointing sinners to rest in Jesus Christ alone by God's grace alone. It is a grave mistake to order a single copy of this book because you will want to give copies to all your friends. I will be returning to this exceptional book again and again for counsel and guidance like a trusted wise friend." Jen (Amazon)
"This was a wonderfully written book with so much richness to take away from this federal view of glorification. 100% recommend. It puts to rest this notion that the believer is saved by Grace but then somehow earns more or lesser rewards based on works. Jesus is even better than we imagine." Jordan Bradley (Goodreads)
"Looking to stay cool this summer? Don’t read this bc it’s (fire emoji). Sooooo good." Brandon Mills (Twitter)
"One of the best books I read this past year." Luke Kirkendall, graduate The Master's Seminary (Twitter)
"... best book I have read in a long time." Michael Beck Ph.D., teaches Biblical Hebrew and Old Testament, Grace Theological College in New Zealand
The Issue of Rewards in Heaven (with T. Jeff Taylor) Two Age Sojourner
"So helpful. As a kid/teenager/adult I so often thought to myself that I would certainly earn no rewards, but if I could just get a small space at the back of heaven, I would be content. It finally dawned on me while listening to Pat Abendroth a few weeks ago, and this podcast clarified it all, that no, Christ has won and is himself, all the rewards that I or anyone else would ever need/want/receive. To know that my reward is the same reward as Luther, Paul, RC and the 'greatest' believers I could think of is so freeing!" @darylittle7083 (YouTube listener)
Ep. 121 – Pactum Responsum XI – The Pactum Patrick Abendroth
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