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This was an incredible book I only found objectionable that which any Baptist would find objectionable when reading any Presbyterian What I particularly found helpful was Ferguson s discussions on the Spirit s role in the Ordo Solutis repentance and faith the centrality of union with Christ Spiritual Christology this particular discussion helped to scratch some itchiness that has been driving me crazy as of late.This is definitely my favorite book of 2017 so far Embarrassingly, this is the first Sinclair Ferguson book I have read all the way through, but it most certainly will not be the last. Diria que leitura obrigat ria para todos os que desejam conhecer o que a Escritura tem a dizer sobre a Pessoa e obra do Esp rito Santo de Deus Essa obra magn fica junta exegese s , teologia b blica e sistem tica sem perder o enfoque pastoral, sempre nos remetendo a Cristo, uma vez que o Esp rito sempre nos aponta para Ele Recomendad ssimo #READ PDF å The Holy Spirit (Contours of Christian Theology) ⚜ 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 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 highlights. 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. Comprehensive treatment of the third person of the Godhead, well worth reading I can see this one being referred to again and again. R C Sproul calls Sinclair Ferguson the world s leading expert on the person and work of the Holy Spirit today.Sinclair 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 pages.It 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 every day in your Quiet Time.Very Biblical and Christ centered book The center of the Spirit s ministry to illumine the person and work of Christ I 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. Sinclair 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, Ferguson gives 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 own.Chapter 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 quintessential Man of the Spirit Because his entire 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 exaltation , Jesus is now the Lord of the Spirit 2 Cor 3 18 the One who sends the Spirit to his church to reproduce the human holiness of which he Jesus is the pattern.This moves into the next two chapters, which focus on The Gift of the Spirit and Pentecost Today , exploring 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 already not yet tension to inform his treatment of the various aspects of the ordo salutis i.e justification, regeneration, adoption, sanctification, glorification Spiritus 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 sanctification 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 earnest guarantee.Chapters 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 critiques 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 us forward to the eschatological fulfillment of the Spirit s work in the world.I 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. 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 this 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 doctrine.Chapter 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 gift 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 gifts The final chapter on the Cosmic Spirit serves as a great conclusion.Ferguson 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 say.I received this book free from the publisher I was not required 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. 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 enabling him to perform wonders and cast out demons The view, prevalent among Fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals, that the miracles should be attributed to Christ s divine nature probably reflects their inadequate 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 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 a human mind cannot be omniscient Dr Ferguson also interacts well with the modern charismatic movement, and especially with moderate continuationists such as Wayne Grudem This is a book which every serious Reformed thinker should read sooner rather than later.