Thomas Schreiner, new testament scholar from a calvinistic perspective, has recently published a New Testament Theology. The first 46 pages are available from from Baker academic. Schreiner offer a thematic account of New Testament theology rather than going through the theology of each author/book. In his introduction he locates New Testament theology around two poles, taht of bringing glory to Christ and that of the fullfullment (in part) of redemptive history.
It is illuminating to consider NT theology from a twofold perspective. First, God’s purpose in all that he does is to bring honour to himself and to Jesus Christ. The NT is radically God-centred. We could say that the NT is about God magnifying himself in Christ through the Spirit. We could easily fail to see the supremacy of God and the centrality of Christ in the NT precisely because these themes are part of the warp and woof of the NT. Sometimes we fail to see what is most obvious, what is right before our eyes. The focus on God and Christ may be taken for granted, and we become interested in themes that are “new” to us, themes that we have not seen before. Any NT theology that does not focus on what God has done in Christ, however, fails to see what is fundamental to and pervasive in the text of Scripture. Second, the centrality of God in Christ leads to abstraction if it is not closely related to the history of salvation, to the fulfilment of God’s promises. We have in the Scriptures the story of God’s saving plan (which includes judgement, of course). The NT unfolds the fulfilment of the promises made in the OT. One of the striking themes in the NT is that of the “already–not yet.” God has inaugurated his kingdom, but he has not consummated it. He has begun to fulfil his saving promises, but he has not yet completed all that he has started. No one can grasp the message of the NT if redemptive history is slighted. The NT does not negate the OT but fulfils it. One of the major tasks of any NT theology is to explain how this is so. Redemptive history is fundamental, then, to grasping the message of the NT. Still, God’s ultimate purpose is not the fulfilment of his plan. He must have a purpose, an aim, a goal in such a plan. Here the purpose of all of salvation history emerges. God works out his saving plan so that he would be magnified in Christ, so that his name would be honoured. (Schreiner pages 14-14)