2015 Kistemaker Academic Lecture Series

LIFE-GIVING SPIRIT: The Exaltation of Christ and Salvation in the Theology of Paul

March 10 – 11 | RTS Orlando Pamplin Chapel | 11:00a - 12:00n and 1:00 - 2:00p both days


Richard B. Gaffin, Jr., Th.D.

Dr. Richard Gaffin is currently Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Emeritus, at Westminster Theological Seminary in Glenside, PA. He graduated with a BA from Calvin College, and BD, Th.M. and Th.D. from Westminster Theological Seminary. He has also done graduate studies at Georg-August Universitat in Gottingen, Germany.

Dr. Gaffin is the author of The Centrality of the Resurrection: A Study in Paul’s Soteriology (P&R Publishing Company, 1987), Perspectives on Pentecost: New Testament Teaching on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit (P&R Publishing Company, 1979), Calvin and the Sabbath: The Controversy of Applying the Fourth Commandment (Mentor, 2008), By Faith, Not by Sight: Paul and the Order of Salvation, and Oakhill School of Theology Series (P&R Publishing; Second Edition, 2013). He is contributor to many other books such as Inerrancy and Hermeneutic by Harvie M. Conn, Dictionary of Paul and his Letters, and has written numerous articles published in the Westminster Theological Journal and Kerux.

The son of missionaries in China, Dr. Gaffin has taught at Westminster Theological Seminary since 1965. He is an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.

Description of the Lectures

How are Christ’s resurrection and ascension significant for him personally? How is his exaltation essential for basic issues in the individual appropriation of salvation and the Christian life? These lectures will consider Paul’s apostolic teaching for its bearing on these questions, along with some attention to key issues for interpreting Paul today.


Paul's Theology - Some Fundamentals

Christ's Exaltation and Salvation Accomplished

Christ's Exaltation and Salvation Applied, part 1

Christ's Exaltation and Salvation Applied, part 2

Invitation from Our Academic Dean

It is our great privilege to welcome Dr. Richard B. Gaffin, Jr. to deliver the 2015 Kistemaker Academic Lecture Series at RTS Orlando. Throughout his distinguished career of service to the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Dr. Gaffin has been one of the leading voices in the integration of biblical and systematic theology. His topic this year, “The Exaltation of Christ and Salvation in the Theology of Paul,” promises to provide deeper insights into the writings of the Apostle Paul and also into the nature of the salvation that is ours in Jesus Christ, our crucified and risen Lord and Savior.

Please join us as we engage this vital topic. The lectures are free and open to the public. We look forward to seeing you.

THE KISTEMAKER ACADEMIC LECTURE SERIES (KALS) are named in honor of New Testament Professor Emeritus Simon J. Kistemaker, Ph.D. These annual lectures offer scholarly insight into diverse topics in Biblical and theological studies as well as practical theology.

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