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                                          Warfield on the Christian Life

As Dr. Zaspel shows, the Princetonians-and Warfield in particular-were very far from arid scholastics. The
Princeton theology was wedded to a Princeton piety that was warm, spiritual, and gospel-centered. Warfield’s
spirituality in particular grew from a profound encounter with Christ that was both personal and theological. Thank
you, Dr. Zaspel, for showing us Warfield the Christologian and man of God.
Kevin Bauder, Research Professor
Central Baptist Seminary

B.B. Warfield was one of the great thinkers in the history of the church, and his writings are a goldmine of biblical
truth. Unfortunately the sheer volume of his writings make them largely inaccessible to today’s busy reader. But
now, Fred Zaspel has done us a great service by distilling into one volume the essence of Warfield’s writings on the
Christian life. This book should prove to be a valuable asset to all Christians serious about growing in Christ.
Jerry Bridges

We are already indebted to Fred Zaspel for his work on The Theology of B. B. Warfield -- a book that has
introduced a new generation to the voluminous writings of a Princeton scholar who was both New Testament
interpreter and systematic theologian. Warfield’s style feels a tad impenetrable to many contemporary readers, but
through Zaspel, Warfield, though dead, still speaks. But can any devotional and practical guidance come out of old
Princeton? Zaspel’s latest contribution, B. B. Warfield on the Christian Life: Living in Light of the Gospel,
does not simply answer with a resounding affirmative, but again faithfully unpacks Warfield and shows him to be a
theologian of head and heart. Above all, Warfield is an integrated thinker, so he is ideally equipped to show how
that which is central to the Bible, the Gospel of God, rightly shapes the Christian’s entire life. And Zaspel makes
this accessible.
D. A. Carson

If the only thing Dr Fred Zaspel accomplished in these pages was to point us to B.B. Warfield’s masterpiece
sermons in his too-little-known Faith and Life, he would have done the church yeoman service.   But he has done
much, much more!  In Warfield on the Christian Life we are given the privilege of sitting at the feet of a Christ-
centered, Bible-saturated, Gospel-loving theologian of the first rank and learning how to say “To me to live is
Christ.”   A very welcome addition to what promises to be a valuable series.
Sinclair B Ferguson
First Presbyterian Church
Columbia, S.C.

Following the publication of Warfield on the Christian Life it will be impossibly difficult to continue to claim that
Princeton Theology was ‘all head but no heart’, or that Warfield himself was little more than an Enlightenment
Paul Helm
Teaching Fellow, Regent College, Vancouver
author The Providence of God, John Calvin’s Ideas, and Calvin at the Centre

B. B. Warfield is among the greatest theologians America has ever produced, and Fred Zaspel is among his
greatest living interpreters. Comprehensive, insightful, and remarkably compelling, Zaspel’s Warfield on the
Christian Life is a masterful presentation of an understanding of the Christian life that values Christian experience
while at the same time being “deeply and thoroughly theological.” While Zaspel’s Warfield is a theological giant
who enjoys the well-earned reputation as “a theological army of one,” he is also “a theologian of the heart” who
recognizes that believers “live unto Christ . . . not out of a vacuum but out of a mind and heart captivated and
inflamed by an understanding of God’s . . . saving activity in Christ.” This book is an important sequel to Zaspel’s
systematic summary of Warfield’s theology, for it explains how Warfield could insist that truth “fuels Christian living
from beginning to end” without falling prey to a kind of Enlightenment rationalism. Enthusiastically recommended.
Paul Kjoss Helseth
Author of “Right Reason” and the Princeton Mind: An Unorthodox Proposal

[Warfield on the Christian Life] is a very readable and a good introduction to major themes in Warfield’s
writings. I hope it finds wide circulation. Each chapter is well-constructed as a piece in itself, but each one leads as
well to the next and invites the reader to keep reading further. The discussion of Warfield’s understanding of the
doctrine of sanctification and  his critique of the perfectionist teachings of his day is well presented. I liked the
discussion of Warfield on progressive sanctification, especially the way you present the need of the Christian to
actively participate in working out their salvation-“We take the armor provided us in Christ, certainly, but we fight
with it nonetheless” and the “do/done” theme in the Summary Reflections. I think this book will well serve as an
introduction to the full sweep of Warfield’s theological understanding and encourage others to turn again directly to
some of his writings. Thanks for this fine work.
Kenneth Henke
Reference Archivist, Special Collections
Princeton Theological Seminary Library

Scripture and history show that spirituality rests wholly on a foundation of revealed truth, cordially received and
loved. The best theologians have always been the most profound, and trustworthy, promoters of vital piety and
transformation of life. We look to Augustine, Anselm, Calvin, Bunyan, and Edwards and a host of Puritan pastor-
theologians as determinative of the truth of this observation. Now we must include B. B. Warfield in that imposing
list of those that make clear the path, not only to live by the Spirit, but to walk by the Spirit. Fred Zaspel has
condensed the marvelous insight contained in the Theology of B. B. Warfield  and served it up as foundational to a
robust practice of piety analyzed in this present work. Zaspel had laid out both the doctrinal and exegetical
expertise of Warfield in showing how seriously he pursued true worship as the summum bonum of life. From divine
revelation to the imitation of the Christ and the consummation of Christian hope, the Christian finds substantive truth
on his side and is assured by that truth that God Himself is near, to protect, direct, and finally perfect all the sheep
for whom Christ died.
Tom J. Nettles
Professor of Historical Theology
The Southern Baptist Thelogical Seminary

“For Warfield the Christian life is but the outworking of the gospel.”  Thank you Fred Zaspel for bringing back to
us the rich, contagious life and work of Benjamin Warfield.  It satisfies the thirst this generation has for an authentic
Christianity that flows from the deep well of a strong and informed theology.
Matt Olson, President
Northland International University

I will reread, assign to my students, and give away Fred Zaspel’s book Warfield on the Christian Life, not
because it is an excellent commentary on Warfield-though it is-and not because it is highly readable-though it is-but
primarily because I am a better Christian for having read it. I was mentally and spiritually invigorated, and you will
be as well.
Joseph Pipa, President
Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

B B Warfield looms large in the Protestant imagination as a theologian, one of the giants in the land.  What is less
well-known are the details and dynamics of his own approach to the Christian life.  Fred Zaspel has already written
a substantial volume on Warfield as theologian; now he opens up for us the world of Warfield’s practical
Christianity.  Once again, fans of the great Princetonian are in for a treat - and are deeply and delightfully in debt to
Dr. Zaspel.
Carl R. Trueman
Paul Woolley Professor of Church History
Westminster Theological Seminary, PA.