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"I cannot imagine that there are many pastors who have not heard each of the six questions that Graham Cole raises. Here are serious, careful, practical, theologically alert answers. This book deserves the widest circulation."
―D. A. Carson, Cofounder and Theologian-at-Large, The Gospel Coalition
"Pneumatology has been sadly neglected in recent evangelical theology, and when it has been touched upon, it has trended toward either the speculative or the sensational. But here is a book on the Holy Spirit that is practical, relevant, balanced, and useful in the lives of God's people everywhere. This book provides important grounding for a fuller theology of the Holy Spirit, and I commend it to all believers who are serious about the Christian life."
―Timothy George, Distinguished Professor of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University
"Drawing from the well of his extensive and rigorous study of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, Graham Cole gives refreshingly clear answers to six crucial questions that earnest Christians invariably ask. The answers are sure to grace the church, because what Christians believe about the third Person of the Trinity will determine how they live. This is an important, accessible, life-giving book."
―R. Kent Hughes, Senior Pastor Emeritus, College Church, Wheaton, Illinois
"When churches wrestle with division over contradictory views related to the work of the Holy Spirit, this book will provide lucid and succinct guidance. When individuals fear they have grieved the Holy Spirit, Dr. Cole's teaching will provide clarity and encouragement. When church leaders long for their congregations to know the filling of the Spirit of God, they will find wisdom in this book. I recommend it highly."
―Greg Waybright, Former President, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Senior Pastor, Lake Avenue Church, Pasadena, California
About the Author
Graham A. Cole (ThD, Australian College of Theology) is emeritus dean and emeritus professor of biblical and systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. An ordained Anglican minister, he has served in two parishes and was formerly the principal of Ridley College. Graham lives in Australia with his wife, Jules.
Emeritus Faculty Member, Moore College--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00G5M1BKK
- Publisher : Crossway (April 2, 2008)
- Publication date : April 2, 2008
- Language : English
- File size : 975 KB
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- Print length : 130 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1581349726
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This book is a "short" study of the Spirit in that Cole doesn't spend much time dealing with some aspects of the Spirit's nature or work such as His divinity. Cole simply tells us that the Holy Spirit is God (Acts 5:3-4). Cole also takes some other assumptions as well such as that his readers would be familiar with Calvinism. He also touches on the issue of the cessation of the revelatory gifts but not as detailed as I would like. Like another reviewer stated, it seems some cessasionists have given in to the argument over this issue though I feel that they need not to.
Overall this is a worthwhile book on the Holy Spirit. A deeper study from a Calvinist viewpoint would be Dr. Larry Pettegrew's book, "The New Covenant Ministry of the Holy Spirit". For a good Pentecostal study see Anthony Palma's book, "Holy Spirit: A Pentecostal Perspective."
The Question & Answer format therefore seeks to pose troubling, penetrating and recurring questions, as if asked by the faithful Bible-reading believer him or herself. This then settles into an informed, scholarly and orderly presentation of the correct expectations to have with regard to the function, work and interaction of the Holy Spirit as God.
'The doctrine of the internal, effectual call is the way Reformed theology explains different reactions to the heard Word as portrayed in the book of Acts. It does so in terms of the sovereign grace of God at work through the Holy Spirit, in some but not all.' p 50
'The NT presents not only an evangel, but also an ethic. So when Paul preached to the Thessalonians and then moved on, he left behind the Word of God and instruction in how these new Christians ought to live and please God (an ethic as in 1 Thess 4:1-8). Moreover, the gift of the Holy Spirit means a sanctified life. Christians are expected to be a community characterized by moral integrity.' p 86
Graham Cole combines a very keen intellect and a high view of God's Word to register, then presents his pneumatology, which is not in favor of cessationism: '1 Cor 1:4-8 places the Corinthians and the exercise of their gifts in the framework of life between the Cross and the second coming of Christ - and not that of the Cross and canon closure.' p 82
This remarkable insight diverges from the orthodox view (propounded by the brilliance of BB Warfield) of apostolic and post-apostolic revelation, and is drawn from Jon Ruthven's On the Cessation of the Charismata . Though the discussion has taken on varied interpretative dimensions, John W Stott has shown convincingly in his 'The Cessation Of Revelatory Gifts' that 'However, the thorn can now be painlessly removed. The key insight is that Paul is speaking of the cessation of revelatory gifts in the personal experience of individuals who possess them, not in the history of the church (1 Cor 1:7-8). The passage 13:8-12 indicates only that the people in his day who possessed spiritual gifts would continue to possess them through their lifetime, unless Christ returned first.' p 27