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The Holy Spirit (Contours of Christian Theology)

, 1996
ISBN: 9780830815364

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The Holy Spirit, once forgotten, has been “rediscovered” in the twentieth century—or has he? Sinclair Ferguson believes we should rephrase this common assertion: “While his work has been recognized, the Spirit himself remains to many Christians an anonymous, faceless aspect of the divine being.” In order to redress this balance, Ferguson seeks to recover the who of the Spirit fully as much as the what and how. 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 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 questions 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 disagree.

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“What is of interest is that the activity of the divine ruach is precisely that of extending God’s presence into creation in such a way as to order and complete what has been planned in the mind of God. This is exactly the role the Spirit characteristically fulfils elsewhere in Scripture. In the New Testament the Spirit undertakes this role in the accomplishment of redemption: the Father sends, the Son comes, the Spirit vindicates (1 Tim. 3:16); the Father plans, the Son sacrifices and rises, the Spirit applies (e.g. 1 Pet. 1:1–2).” (Page 21)

“Already, however, it is clear from the various biblical references above that ruach denotes more than simply the energy of God; it describes God extending himself in active engagement with his creation in a personal way.” (Page 18)

“Pentecost publicly marks the transition from the old to the new covenant, and signifies the commencement of the ‘now’ of the day of salvation (2 Cor. 6:2).” (Page 57)

“Here ‘prophesy’ is a metonymy for sharing the messianic Spirit and experiencing the knowledge of the Lord which only the Spirit of God could give (cf. 1 Jn. 2:20, 27).” (Page 63)

“From womb to tomb to throne, the Spirit was the constant companion of the Son. As a result, when he comes to Christians to indwell them, he comes as the Spirit of Christ in such a way that to possess him is to possess Christ himself, just as to lack him is to lack Christ.” (Page 37)

  • Title: The Holy Spirit
  • Author: Sinclair Buchanan Ferguson
  • Series: Contours of Christian Theology
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Print Publication Date: 1996
  • Logos Release Date: 2017
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Holy Spirit
  • ISBNs: 9780830815364, 0830815368
  • Resource Type: Systematic Theology
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-30T00:32:31Z

Sinclair Ferguson (born 1948) is a Scottish theologian known in Reformed Christian circles for his teaching, writing, and editorial work. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen and was a minister in the Church of Scotland from 1971 to 2005, when he transferred to the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. He has served as an editor with the Banner of Truth Trust and worked as a minister at St George’s-Tron Church, Glasgow.


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