(The Holy Spirit Contours of Christian Theology) EBOOK/PDF ↠ Sinclair B. Ferguson
Rescuing Gus gSinclair Ferguson s biblical theological treatment on the Holy Spirit is a rich and sumptuous theological feast for any serious minded believer who wants to know about the so called shy member of the Trinity In eleven meaty chapters Fergusonives a comprehensive if not exhaustive 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 exceptionally rich chapter on the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the life of Jesus Christ is seen as the uintessential Man of the Spirit Because his entire life was lived in
Spirit s power Ferguson with his conception and moves through the various aspects of Jesus life all the way to exaltation 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 Spirit and Pentecost Today 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 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 the entire book Ferguson writes with a solid understanding of the inaugurated eschatology of the New Testament allowing the alreadynot yet tension to informThe Spirit S Power Ferguson
"his treatment of the various aspects of the ordo salutis ie justification "treatment of the various aspects of the ordo salutis ie justification adoption sanctification lorificationSpiritus Recreator chapter six discusses the Spirit s role in the new creation while the next chapter The Spirit of Holiness explores 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 sanctifica. 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. Tion Also very edifying is chapter eight The Communion of the Spirit which deals with the personal ministry of the Spirit in the life of the believer as seal firstfruits and earnestguaranteeChapters 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 ifts with Ferguson taking a firm though entle 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 the Spirit s work in what might call common grace and points us forward to the eschatological fulfillment of the Spirit and points us forward to the eschatological fulfillment of the Spirit work in the worldI thoroughly 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 Simply magnificent Sinclair Ferguson is in my estimation the reatest living theologian His explanation of the Christian teaching about the Holy Spirit is balanced scholarly and thoroughly edifyingAs his
focus Ferguson considers the Person of the Spirit and then His distinct work and indeed the workFerguson considers the Person of the Spirit and then His distinct work and indeed the work 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 at no point being uncharitable showing how well meaning and otherwise orthodox folk make serious category errors in their approach to multi levelled prophecies Another highlight was Ferguson showing the Spirit s role in Christ s ministry on Earth specifically how the mircales and supernatural events of Christ s ministry cannot simply be attributed to the fact that He had a Divine nature as such formulations tend to deify the human nature of Christ making Him into a pseudo human pseudo divine being with one mixed nature Rather Ferguson argues that supernatural insightful knowledge was imparted by the Spirit of ChristThe book stands as a work of reat honour to the Holy. The Spirit and conversant with the wide variety of contemporary Christians who have explored the doctrine of the Holy Spirit Foundational issues are surveyed and clarified Hard uestion. Spirit wiritten with reat clarity in a time where the subject of God the Holy Spirit is in reat confusion 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 heavyweight either While I couldn t exactly call this my favorite Ferguson title it did dig deep as the series is known *To Do Books In *do Books in series don t merely regurgitate the main tenets of a doctrine but linger where it makes sense tenets of a doctrine but linger where it makes sense 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 effort to shorten the distance that stands between Him and most believers while explaining all kinds of theological perspectives Chapter 2 looks at the Spirit of Christ by explaining Paraclete and scoping out the relationship between Christ and the Spirit Chapter 3 looks at the ift of the Spirit by examining 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 you agree 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 explosive territory of ifts The final chapter on the Cosmic Spirit serves as a reat 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 expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR Part 255 All too often Reformed theology is accused of diminishing the Holy Spirit Ferguson does an excellent 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 highlight. S are explored and answered Clarity and insight radiate from every page Here is the mature reflection of a Reformed theologian who will summon respect and charity from those who disagr.