In fifteen thorough chapters David Ewert surveys the whole range of New Testament authors to discover what they have to say on the Holy Spirit and what this means for the life of the believer and for the church. The book is organized in three parts: (1) The Promise of the Spirit, considering all the passages of the Gospels that speak of the Holy Spirit; (2) The Coming of the Spirit, dealing with the Pentecostal outpouring of the Spirit in the book of Acts and the continual “overflow” of the Spirit in the expansion of the church; and (3) The Spirit in the Life of the Believer, studying what the apostles have to say about the Holy Spirit in the epistles.
“It is the hope of Old Testament prophets, therefore, that a new age will be inaugurated through the suffering of God’s anointed servant and through the Davidic king upon whom God’s Spirit will rest in an unusual way. This new age will be initiated with an outpouring of God’s Spirit, giving birth to a new people of God and the establishment of a new covenant. This rich effusion of God’s Spirit will signal a rebirth of prophetic activity and, above all, lead to a transformation of the lives of all those who receive the gift of the Spirit.” (Page 31)
“There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord’ (Is. 11:1, 2). The prophet then goes on to describe the age of peace and righteousness which this eschatological ruler, endowed with this unusual measure of God’s Spirit, will bring about in this world.” (Page 28)
“Believers living in the present post-Pentecostal era need to remember that they, too, are completely dependent on God’s Spirit for illumination and insight into the will and ways of God (cf. 1 Cor. 2:6–16).” (Page 24)
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David Ewert (Ph.D., McGill University, Montreal) is Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg, Manitoba. The author of numerous articles and books in the field of biblical studies, David continues to lecture and publish.