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He Who Gives Life: The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit (Foundations of Evangelical Theology) [Kindle Edition]

Graham A. Cole
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Often the most misunderstood, and therefore ignored, member of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit deserves our attention and understanding. God the Father and God the Son rightfully garner much explanation and exploration, and God the Holy Spirit ought to be given the same studiousness, curiosity, and scholarship. In this addition to Crossway's Foundations of Evangelical Theology series, Dr. Graham Cole has written a work that offers a comprehensive theology of the Holy Spirit.

This book shows the ultimate selflessness of the Holy Spirit as the member of the Trinity who always works for the glory of God the Father and God the Son and the good of the saints.

Ideal for pastors, teachers, and students of theology, this book is a superb theology of the Holy Spirit.



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"This latest addition to the Foundations of Evangelical Theology series maintains the high standard already set. Graham Cole has written the widest-ranging textbook on pneumatology that currently exists. Meticulous and sharp in handling texts, and scrupulous on matters of method, he offers us cool, clear, sober answers to more questions about the Holy Spirit than probably any of us have hitherto thought to ask. New ground is not broken, but solid ground of a mainstream Reformed sort is set forth throughout. Well done, Dr. Cole!"
J. I. Packer, Professor of Theology, Regent College

"Dr. Graham Cole's superbly written book is a thorough biblical and theological study of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit that may well become a standard work on the subject. The volume is marked by careful exegesis of the scriptural references to the Spirit, each of which is interpreted within the salvation-historical flow of God's redemptive purposes. A convinced Trinitarian theologian, Dr. Cole listens carefully to the contributions made by earlier generations of Christian writers from a range of disciplines, including biblical studies, systematic theology, and historical theology. Authors from both the Eastern and Western traditions are drawn in as pertinent, and challenging questions for our generation are raised. Issues of doctrine, understanding, and experience are drawn together in this fine book as the author guides his readers in appropriate worship of the Triune God, Father, Son, and Spirit."
Peter T. O’Brien, Senior Research Fellow in New Testament, Moore Theological College, Australia

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"This latest addition to the Foundations of Evangelical Theology series maintains the high standard already set. Graham Cole has written the widest-ranging textbook on pneumatology that currently exists. Meticulous and sharp in handling texts, and scrupulous on matters of method, he offers us cool, clear, sober answers to more questions about the Holy Spirit than probably any of us have hitherto thought to ask. New ground is not broken, but solid ground of a mainstream Reformed sort is set forth throughout. Well done, Dr. Cole!"
J. I. Packer, Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College

"Dr. Graham Cole's superbly written book is a thorough biblical and theological study of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit that may well become a standard work on the subject. The volume is marked by careful exegesis of the scriptural references to the Spirit, each of which is interpreted within the salvation-historical flow of God's redemptive purposes. A convinced Trinitarian theologian, Dr. Cole listens carefully to the contributions made by earlier generations of Christian writers from a range of disciplines, including biblical studies, systematic theology, and historical theology. Authors from both the Eastern and Western traditions are drawn in as pertinent, and challenging questions for our generation are raised. Issues of doctrine, understanding, and experience are drawn together in this fine book as the author guides his readers in appropriate worship of the Triune God, Father, Son, and Spirit."
Peter T. O'Brien, Retired Vice-Principal and Emeritus Faculty Member, Moore Theological College, Australia


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  • File Size: 729 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway Books (August 16, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0017JWL2I
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, accurate, Biblical, thorough September 10, 2007
Format:Hardcover
Strong Points:
1. The material is distinctly evangelical and Biblical. Though Dr. Cole often draws upon sources outside of evangelicalism, such as philosophy or other Roman Catholicism, he remains both Biblical in his conclusions.
2. Dr. Cole does not back down from confronting error in either theology or philosophy. He does not gloss over or otherwise ignore problems such as Kant's relativism, Feminist theology, or errors regarding the trinity. (I wish he took them on more strongly, more clearly, but the fact that he does it is commendable.)
3. The volume is practical and well-written. The practicality of the material shows up regularly in his conclusions about the impact of a principle on belief and practice. I wouldn't be afraid to give it to almost anyone in a local church.
4. He is conciliatory with regard to the many divergent points of distinction that exist among evangelicals and fundamentalists. While making his conclusions clear he allows for differences. The value I find here is clear: Taking this approach allows the reader to gain a better understanding of the differences and thus become better theologians themselves.

Any weak points? Just one, but it's not his fault: I wish there were more that could be accomplished in these modest 300ish pages. The style and quality editing provided by Dr. Feinberg could allow this volume to become much richer in the years to come. I'm looking forward to more from Dr. Cole in this regard.

Additional observations:
The theme is certainly the "mystery" of the Holy Spirit.
His favorite theologian appears to be B. B. Warfield. The complements seem undending.

Favorite Quote:
Believing that God is mysterious in the sense of incomprehensible has a number of practical corollaries.
At an attitudinal level, humility is the appropriate virtue. (p. 56)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book on Holy Spirity... November 24, 2009
Format:Hardcover
He Who Gives Life is, admittedly, the first book on systematic Pneumatology that I've read in several years, so it brought a welcome return to many ideas, speculations and problems that infrequently grace the economy seats on my train of thought. The book starts out with an introduction that explores the need for the preeminence of scripture in talking about Pneumatology and then outlines the 4 sections of the book.

The first section looks at the mystery of the Spirit, with chapter two commenting on the elusiveness of the Holy Spirit and chapter three exploring the Holy Spirit and the Trinity. The second section looks at the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament with chapter four exploring the Holy Spirit and his role in creation, chapter five regarding the Holy Spirit and his workings with the nation of Israel and chapter six looking at the Holy Spirit and the various angles of the future hope of Israel. The third section looks at the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament with chapter seven commenting on the Messiah as the bearer of the Holy Spirit, chapter eight exploring the Messiah as the bestower of the Holy Spirit, chapter nine taking a look at the Holy Spirit and his work in the church (along with the ever present "charismatic questions") and chapter ten looking at the Holy Spirit and his work in revealing God to the world. Part four closes off the book with a brief series of comments summarizing each chapter and the book as a whole.

I definitely liked how Cole incorporated the mystery of the Holy Spirit without making the mysterious a flippant "trump card" to get out of tight theological discussions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bringing clarity to the mystery of the Spirit June 5, 2012
By Kevin
Format:Hardcover
Coming in at a little over 300 pages, Cole's work attempts to engage the breadth and diversity of Christian understandings of the Spirit (Protestant, Orthodox, and Roman Catholic). The book moves through four parts: The mystery of the Spirit; the Old Testament and the Spirit; the New Testament and the Spirit; the magnificence of divine selflessness (which is only four pages long). Sprinkled within the chapters are excurses on specific historical and scriptural matters (were OT believers regenerate; the question of theosis, etc.). Although brief and sometimes obscure (depending on the reader's interests), they serve to introduce and engage the reader with issues they otherwise would not know about.

I found parts one and three to be the most engaging. In part one he calls for epistemic humility in understanding the Spirit, but this doesn't lead to the impossibility of knowing anything about him. Part three (Spirit and the NT) emphasizes the corporate nature of the Spirit's activity among God's people, rather than more individualistic presentations. This leads to a strengthened ecclesiology, with Cole sees as a need within evangelicalism.

Ina book like this it will always leave readers wanting more. Some would want a more encyclopedic treatment of historical issues and perspectives; others, a lengthier exegetical analysis on the gifts of the Spirit and their continuation/cessation; and others still, more practical/devotional application. Cole is aware of this, and thus he gives plenty of references to other resources to follow up with. Still, for 300 pages, one would be hard-pressed to find a finer single volume introduction to this marvelous topic.
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Published 1 month ago by Edith Rice
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excelente
Published 7 months ago by Alejandro
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent overview
Graham Cole has provided an excellent overview of the Spirit's person and work based on the testimony of Scripture. A worthwhile read!
Published 8 months ago by Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Requested book
This was a gift for my son for his studies
Published 9 months ago by tracy
4.0 out of 5 stars both scholarly and practical
States biases up front.
Good, thick biblical and historical foundation.
Differentiates between relative certainties and his own theological hypotheses. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Benjamin
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Published on July 18, 2010 by Jeffrey Fullam
4.0 out of 5 stars Mr.C's Review
Graham Cole approaches his thesis with great reverence. He was very cautious with his views of the Holy Spirit. Read more
Published on May 22, 2010 by Daniel Carrillo
5.0 out of 5 stars FInally a comprehensive book on the Holy Spirit
This is by far the best book I have read this year. It is especially the best book I have read about the Holy Spirit. Read more
Published on June 3, 2009 by Brian T. Manns
2.0 out of 5 stars Lots of questions, few answers
[In response to the comments, and approximately 5 years later, I am amending my rating up 1. But I don't have the time to do a "re-review" so I'll leave the review below]... Read more
Published on March 10, 2008 by Mickey H. Sheu
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