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So B. It eS forward to theschatological fulfillment of the Spirit s work in the worldI thoroughly Cabaret enjoyed this book the best book I read in 2008 and learned much from it Ferguson s articulation of a Reformed view of the Holy Spirit is intelligent and persuasive Theologians biblical scholars pastors and serious layreaders would all benefit from this book R C Sproul calls Sinclair Ferguson the world s leadingxpert on the person and work of the Holy Spirit todaySinclair Ferguson is one of those rare authors that gives you MUCH than you bargained for In reading Ferguson you re not just learning about the Holy Spirit but so much Union with Christ sanctification what it means to be made in the image of God the history of sacraments what it means to fall short of the glory of God In reading great authors you reap the benefit of "decades of wisdom compressed into a few hundred "of wisdom compressed into a few hundred s not a fast read And you ll have to look up a few words in the dictionary But great for reading a few pages very day in your uiet TimeVery Biblical and Christ centered book The center of the Spirit s ministry to illumine the person and work of ChristI ve been a Christian a long time and have heard the Holy Spirit taught on many times Reading this book made me feel like I had never understood the Holy Spirit before Overly intellectual than it needs to be in my opinion Hard to read through I did not find it very helpful in my personal life or understanding of the Holy Spirit Simply magnificent Sinclair Ferguson is in my stimation the greatest living theologian His xplanation of the Christian teaching about the Holy Spirit is balanced scholarly and thoroughly difyingAs his focus Ferguson considers the Person of the Spirit and then His distinct work and indeed the work He accomplishes together with the Father and the Son Broadly the book can be split into two main sections how God the Holy Spirit is revealed in Scripture and how the Holy Spirit of the Scriptures communes with us the bride of ChristOf particular highlight in an all over
superb work was his thorough deconstruction of the modern charismatic movement while work was his thorough deconstruction of the modern charismatic movement while no point being uncharitable showing how well meaning Comprehensive treatment of the third person of the Godhead well worth reading I can see this one being referred to again and again An outstanding book by one of the best theologians of the modern age I particularly liked his discussion of the Spirit of Christ and the argument that Christ s power to work miracles should be ascribed of the Holy Spirit nabling him to perform wonders and cast out demons The view prevalent among Fundamentalists and conservative Spirit nabling him to perform wonders and cast out demons The view prevalent among Fundamentalists and conservative that the miracles should be attributed to Christ s divine nature probably reflects their inadeuate understanding of Christ s humanity For instance did Christ know about the woman of Samaria s marital history because he was God or because the Holy Spirit En plein coeur endowed him with a prophetic insight It was the latter because otherwise you would have to assume that Christ was omniscient in his human mind which is an impossibility as. The Spirit and conversant with the wide variety of contemporary Christians who havexplored the doctrine of the Holy Spirit Foundational issues are surveyed and clarified Hard uestion. Sinclair Ferguson s biblical theological treatment on the Holy Spirit is
a rich and sumptuous theological feast for any serious minded believer rich and sumptuous theological feast for any serious minded believer wants to know about the so called shy member of the Trinity In The Bookshop on the Shore eleven meaty chapters Ferguson gives a comprehensive if notxhaustive biblical overview of the person and work of the Holy Spirit all along the way drawing on historical theology and charitably interacting with perspectives different from his ownChapter one The Spirit and His Story surveys the Old Testament s shadowy teaching on the Holy Spirit with a careful biblical theological approach The Spirit of Christ chapter two is an xceptionally rich chapter on the ministry of exceptionally rich chapter on the ministry of Holy Spirit in the life of Jesus
CHRIST IS SEEN AS THE UINTESSENTIAL is seen as the uintessential of the Spirit Because his ntire life was lived in the Spirit s power Ferguson starts with his conception and moves through the various aspects of Jesus life all the way to xaltation Jesus is now the Lord of the Spirit 2 Cor 318 the One who sends the Spirit to his church to reproduce the human holiness of which he Jesus is the patternThis moves into the next two chapters which focus on The Gift of the Spirit and Pentecost Today xploring the outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost and its significance in redemptive history and for believers today The Spirit of Order chapter five discusses the ordo salutis order of salvation and how the Spirit applies the redemptive work of Christ to the individual believer This is an The Day Christ Was Born: The True Account of the First 24 Hours of Jesus's Life excellent chapter which focuses on union with Christ as the central motif for understanding how the Spirit applies salvation in our lives Throughout both this chapter and thentire book Ferguson writes with a solid understanding of the inaugurated schatology of the New Testament allowing the alreadynot yet tension to inform his treatment of the various aspects of the ordo salutis ie justification regeneration adoption sanctification glorificationSpiritus Recreator chapter six discusses the Spirit s role in the new creation while the next chapter The Spirit of Holiness xplores his role in sanctification These were two of the most helpful chapters in the book for me personally Ferguson maintains the Christ centeredness with which he began the book as he shows how the Spirit reproduces the image of Christ in believers through his definitive act and progressive work of sanctification Also very difying is chapter ight The Communion of the Spirit which deals with the personal ministry of the Spirit in the life of the believer as seal firstfruits and arnestguaranteeChapters nine and ten talk about The Spirit and the Body and The Gifts of the Spirit the former discussing the role of the sacraments under the Spirit in the life of the church and the latter addressing the issue of spiritual gifts with Ferguson taking a firm though gentle cessationist position His critiues of Wayne Grudem deserve careful reflection from all who hold a continuationist perspective The final chapter The Cosmic Spirit discusses the Spirit s work in what we might call common grace and points Ferguson's study is rooted and driven by the scriptural story of the Spirit in creation and redemption Throughout he shows himself fully at home in the church's historical theology of. .
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Moderate Continuationists Such As Waynecontinuationists such as Wayne This is a book which Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography every serious Reformed thinker should read sooner rather than later There s no doubt that Sinclair Ferguson is a savvy theological writer There s no doubt that the Contours of Christian Theology series by IVP is a theological heavyweightither While I couldn t xactly call this my favorite Ferguson title it did dig deep as the series is Known To Do Books In to do Books in series don t merely regurgitate the main tenets of a doctrine but linger where it makes sense to look under stones where treasure might be found I always reach for this series when I m starting a detailed study of a particular doctrineChapter 1 introduces the Holy Spirit in an ffort to shorten the distance that stands between Him and most believers while xplaining all kinds of theological perspectives Chapter 2 looks at the Spirit of Christ by xplaining Paraclete and scoping out the relationship between Christ and the Spirit Chapter 3 looks at the gift of the Spirit by xamining Pentecost Chapter 4 tackles the ongoing aspects of Pentecost Chapters 5 through 7 wades through the Spirit s role in salvation I felt the author
bogged down in a pet subject here His theological positions are well known and whether youdown in a pet subject here His theological positions are well known and whether you or not perhaps some of this would have fit better in a different book Chapter 8 looks at other issues involving the Spirit and salvation like first fruits and sealing Chapter 9 reviews the relationship between the Spirit and the body before chapter 10 dives into the xplosive territory of gifts The final chapter on the Cosmic Spirit serves as a great conclusionFerguson always stretches my mind Whether I agree with him or not I always find a warmness of one who loves Christ as he writes There s no way I d study the Spirit and not see what he has to sayI received this book free from the publisher I was not reuired to write a positive review The opinions I have The Road From Home: The Story Of An Armenian Girl expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR Part 255 A masterfulxposition of the work of the Spirit Ferguson rightly positions pneumatology as being necessarily coupled with Christology as the Spirit most of all seeks the glorification of the Son by accomplishing the proper union between him and his saints Most of all Ferguson proves that the Spirit accomplishes the comprehensive application of redemption and Ferguson s appreciation of those various soteriological components throughout demonstrates the Spirit s uniueness within the Trinitarian Exile and Pilgrim economy of salvation Not scintillating but solid All too often Reformed theology is accused of diminishing the Holy Spirit Ferguson does anxcellent job of proving the opposite true Whether it be through the sacraments our union with Christ or our sanctification the Spirit is at the center of our Christian lives The chapters The Spirit of Christ Spiritus Recreator and The Sanctifying Spirit were personal highlights. S are xplored and answered Clarity and insight radiate from very page Here is the mature reflection of a Reformed theologian who will summon respect and charity from those who disagr.