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He That Is Spiritual Paperback – October 8, 1983
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As a Biblicist, Chafer goes to great lengths to exegete the three essential passages that focus in on how to we should live the Christian Life above reproach. These are Eph. 4:30, 2 Thess. 5:19, and Gal. 5:16. Chafer views the Spirit as being given fully and completely at the moment of faith. All that is needed for life and godliness has already been supplied to every believer. The believer does not need to seek other blessings and works of special graces to live a victorious Christian Life. The key to living the life victoriously is to be daily yielded to the Spirit, and through this, the believer is 'Filled' (controlled) by the Spirit and allows the Spirit (already fully given) to manifest His fruit and the immanence of Christ to others. The 'Filling of the Spirit' is not quantitative by any means; Chafer explains that it is a matter of control, which Eph. 5:18 strongly suggests when it contrasts being 'Filled with the Spirit' by not being drunk, for this is dissipation.
Though Chafer says a few things that resemble Keswickian teaching from time to time, such as needing an event of 'complete surrender' to begin the process of a true willingness for progressive sanctification (pp. 91-94, etc.), Chafer does not allow these views to override his essential emphases.Read more ›
However, Chafer’s teachings are not without controversy. The three principle ones are:
• The existence of a carnal Christian. Drawing principally from I Corinthians 3, Chafer sees three clear classes of humanity: The natural, the spiritual and the carnal. The natural man is the unbeliever, the spiritual person is the one who is filled and walking in the Spirit. The carnal Christian is saved but living much like an unbeliever, lacking dedication to Christ and not walking in the Spirit. While all Bible students understand that Christians at times live carnally (or, better, “fleshly”), many reject a settled position Chafer calls “carnality” lived perpetually by some believers. Rather they see two classes – the natural and the spiritual (those regenerated by the Holy Spirit). Spiritual Christians will have times in which they live fleshly but it is not their settled or official state (see pp 15, 20-22, 56, 40, 67-68).
• Based on Romans 12:1 Chafer teaches that moving from carnal to spiritual is a once for all act – referred to by some Christians as “dedication.” (pp 86-92). He writes:
"Does the act of dedication have to be repeated? Enough has already been said to indicate that this author believes not.Read more ›
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My teacher warned us about this book saying, "Get ready for your boat to be shaken." My life has changed. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This copy & paste version of the book is very poor. I returned it. The photo on the cover is elongated and warped and the printing inside is small and very uncomfortable to read. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent resource. If you are wanting to understand more fully Chafer's soteriology this book is a must.Published 7 months ago by J. R. Lawless
Wonderful book. Check yourself out while reading this one.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
A really great read that the growing, maturing believer should read and take to heart. A classic.Published 9 months ago by dee
Superb book written by the founder of Dallas Theological Seminary. A must read for Christians wanting to live a life that is driven by God's Spirit.Published 10 months ago by oldboymarc