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Ninja is Right

Yes, hair-trigger responses are not always helpful. Sometimes action has to take place. But it must always be an informed action.

Since Wilson’s dampened enthusiasm is related largely to my treatment of Leithart’s Kings commentary, let me clear this up. Since many people seem to be profiting by our interaction, let us make sure that nothing unrelated gets in the way. In my opinion, this really should not be a big deal. What I did wrong was to call what I did earlier a “review,” since the word “review” calls up images of thorough, careful reading. That, obviously, I had not done. What I had done was to give my thoughts concerning Leithart’s bibliography only. I still hold to those thoughts, in that I would have liked to see Leithart deal with all the relevant commentary literature on Kings, since there is so little of it. That’s just who I am. I am a commentary freak. If it was a commentary on Romans, I would never have issued such a complaint, since there are approximately as many Romans commentaries as there are air molecules. But commentaries on Kings are few enough as it is, and even fewer of those existing commentaries are any good. Maybe the issue here is whether or not I still consider Leithart to be a scholar. Of course he is. He has published in many well-known and respected scholarly journals, not to mention the many books he has published. But not every book a scholar writes is perfect. I was pointing out one defect of that book. And I did say that I still hope to profit by the commentary. So, if Wilson is willing to accept this as my final thought, and move on, then let’s do it.

One final thought on baptism before we move on. Baptism is a means of grace that operates the same way that the Word of God does. Just as the Lord’s Supper is a physical proclamation of Christ’s death (as Paul says in 1 Corinthians 11), so also baptism acts like a proclamation. It is a declaration of engagement between the soul of the believer and Christ. In the case of infant baptism, it is an arranged engagement. I don’t like using the language of marriage to describe the ceremony of baptism itself. I prefer to reserve that language for faith union with Christ. That is because the marriage of a believer with Christ cannot be annulled or divorced, ever. Period. In the case of a believer and Christ, what God has put together, no man is able to put asunder.