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  • Series: New American Commentary Studies in Bible & Theology (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Academic (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805443835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805443837
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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About the Author

James M. Hamilton Jr., is assistant professor of Biblical Studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) on the Houston Park Place Campus in Houston, Texas. He holds degrees from the University of Arkansas (B.A.), Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M.), and SBTS (Ph.D.). He has published articles in Trinity Journal, Westminster Theological Journal, and many others.

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The book was helpful and thorough.
K8tester
I really enjoyed the detail and academic approach to the topic, well researched, good footnotes and bibliography from a range of perspectives.
Paul Allen
In Acts the gift of Holy Spirit and the Spirit's power were confirmed through signs that validated God's new eschatological work.
Daniel

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Daniel on January 24, 2011
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The Holy Spirit is the third, and perhaps the most misunderstood, member of the Triune God. When the topic of the Spirit surfaces the typical student of God's Word normally turn to Acts 2. Because of the post-resurrection description of Pentecost we are familiar with how the Spirit was poured out upon the church. In Acts the gift of Holy Spirit and the Spirit's power were confirmed through signs that validated God's new eschatological work. Many believers spoke in tongues, others were healed, and ultimately a powerful proclamation of the Word took place. The result of this out-pouring was many were converted and the church grew in power and impact.

The Spirit's work is highlighted in the first days and years of the early church. However, confusion or even disagreement often surfaces on how the Spirit has worked throughout history. The Spirit is mentioned all the way through the Old Testament as God's presence is revealed. But how is this compared to the Spirit's work in the early church or the body of Christ today? Obviously the same Spirit has been at work in each epoch of history, but has all the Spirit's work in each period of time been the same? James M. Hamilton's work seeks to shed light on these questions. He addresses how God's Spirit worked in both the Old and New Testaments and how this work holds ramifications for the lives of believers today.

Summary

Based upon the prolegomena that the Bible is completely true, logically connected, and fully congruent in the truth it promulgates, Hamilton tackles the topic at hand (1). The purpose of his work is to answer the question, "were individual believers under the old covenant continually indwelt by the Holy Spirit" (1)?
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Sweeney on August 11, 2011
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As a senior in high school I took a course in Old Testament survey. I can still remember the day that my teacher explained the feast days, sabbatical years and years of jubilee. It all sounded wonderful. I remember feeling hopeful and curious. Until my teacher dropped a bomb: it never happened.

I couldn't understand. Why wouldn't they have followed through with such a wonderful event? Why couldn't they have followed the law (I could ask myself the same question)? Where was the Holy Spirit in all of this? I have been helped by Dr. James Hamilton before. His work God's Glory in Salvation through Judgment provided some tremendous insight into God's Word. Before he published God's Glory he wrote God's Indwelling Presence which was an edited form of his doctoral dissertation. Indwelling Presence seeks to discern the presence and work of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament and the New.

Dr. Hamilton argues that the Holy Spirit was with the people of God but not in them. Faithful Israelite would have been regenerate but not indwelt. The presence of God among his people was limited to the tabernacle - and later the temple. In the New Testament, with the coming of the Spirit, each individual believer is indwelt with the spirit and, thus, are the temple (1 Corinthians 3:16-17). He traces and develops this idea through the Bible.

God's Indwelling Presence is an insightful and helpful exploration of the work of the Holy Spirit among God's people. The insights he gleans from his study are quite practical. I'm grateful for Dr. Hamilton and his excellent scholarship and clear writing.

NOTE: In accordance with the regulations of the Federal Trade Commission I would like to state that I received the aforementioned title for the purpose of review. I was not required to furnish a positive review.
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38 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Jacques Schoeman on September 21, 2007
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While some may insist 'the Spirit of prophecy' was not limited to ancient Israel alone, claiming Balaam and Job in support of its existence in ANE cultures, it certainly is not there to the degree that it is in ancient Israel. While the office of priest was hereditary as they were from the tribe of Levi, and while the office of king was hereditary as they were from the tribe of Judah, prophets were sovereignly appointed by God. But Max Turner would simply seek to erase the biblical distinction between prophets and ordinary believers by suggesting that Peter offered all the believers gathered at Pentecost 'the Spirit of prophecy' (p 194). 'Under the new covenant, God would not have a tribe of priests ministering to the rest of His people, but His people as a whole would be a kingdom of priests.' p 76 Whereas in the OT the Spirit only came upon extraordinary persons, prophets, priests and kings, in the NT the Holy Spirit is given all believers not to be prophets, but to be priests in the kingdom of God.

Hamilton's treatment of others is fair. While I would agree with his main thesis that there is a difference between indwelling and regeneration as pertaining to old covenant believers, I would disagree over what constitutes that difference. Taking his cue from John 7:39, Hamilton believes that old covenant believers were regenerated by the Spirit, but they were not indwelt by the Spirit, p 17. I would rather say that the reverse holds true, that while old covenant believers were indwelt (Hamilton), or directly operated upon (me), by the Spirit, not all were regenerated by the Spirit. Thus their temporary giftedness enabled them to perform extraordinary tasks, even hold extraordinary office, while never being saved - such as King Saul.
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Jim Hamilton is Professor of Biblical Theology at Southern Seminary and preaching pastor at Kenwood Baptist Church.

He blogs at www.jimhamilton.info, and you can follow him on twitter @DrJimHamilton.

"Hamilton's work represents biblical theology at its best."
--Kevin Vanhoozer

"I was riveted. Never do I sit down and read sixty pages of ANY book that I get in the mail. But I could not stop--could not stop reading and could not stop rejoicing over God's Glory in Salvation through Judgment. It is the kind of overview of redemptive history Edwards wanted to write. It's what I hoped would be written."
--John Piper

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