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Showing the Spirit: A Theological Exposition of 1 Corinthians, 12-14 Paperback – August 1, 1996
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Dr. Carson has written a masterpiece! This volume is an intelligent and definitive grappling with a passage that focuses upon spiritual gifts: I Corinthians 12-14.
He devastates the non-charismatic viewpoint that claims the Bible teaches that tongues would end of themselves upon the completion of the New Testament canon or at the end of the apostolic age. He fortifies (unintentionally) the view of non-charismatics who say, "God can give the gift of tongues today. But we do not see the real thing, so He must not be doing that right now." Although he strains to conclude otherwise, this is where his evidence could easily lead. His actual conclusion is that the gift of tongues is being given today, but not meant for all and not intended to be the believer's focus.
Carson likewise corrects common charismatic abuses by proving the following: (1) every true believer has been baptized in the Spirit, (2) there is no one gift possessed by every believer, but we should seek prophecy over tongues, (3) it is not God's will for all believers to be healed, but God can and does heal miraculously as He pleases.
Carson's exegesis is reasonable, respectful, well-informed, scholarly to the nth degree, clearly delineated and thoroughly documented. Although he addresses the entire text, he particularly focuses upon two of the most controversial spiritual gifts: tongues and prophecy. His views regarding prophecy are about the same as Wayne Grudem's: New Testament prophets do not bear the authority of Old Testament prophets (rather, New Testament authority is vested in the Apostles).Read more ›
This book is a must for all charismatics interested to study 1 Corinthians 12-14 - a passage that is much disputed and which concerns charismatic issues.
Carson holds to a non-cessationistic view in this book. He also accepts Wayne Grudem's view of prophecy.
I particularly liked the way he handled tongues prophecy in his exposition on 1 Corinthians 14 - all charismatics need to read Carson on tongues here. He agrees that tongues are still given but he wants to see it used properly according to biblical stipulations.
His fifth and last chapter states some of his views on things like Baptism of the Spirit, 2nd blessing theology, revelation, historical evidence and also his review of the charismatic movement - which he comes out very positive.
Overall an excellent book that both conservatives and charismatics can learn from. Very balanced!
The author is neither a cessationist nor a charismatic with an axe to grind, and deals with the text fairly even-handedly. As a quasi-appendix (though it is actually probably a third of the book), he addresses a few relevant hermeneutical issues in relation to the book of Acts, and offers some pastoral reflections on the charismatic movement. Overall, Showing the Spirit is a comprehensive, yet succinct, introduction to the main exegetical issues in the chapters it addresses, and a number of great insights are to be found within its pages.
Incidentally, you could probably find a cheaper edition somewhere (my copy, published by Paternoster, UK, cost me less than £5 new just a few years ago).
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One of the best overviews of 1 Corinthians 12-14 written. Thorough, biblical, and a delightful read. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Pen Name
A balanced approach to the issues found in 1 Corinthians 12-14. His views on charismatic gifts show a humbleness in regards to what scripture reveals. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Frederick B. Jones
Runs from teaching that Paul in 1 Cor. commands us today that women should have long hair, be silent in church, and that men are commanded to go after speaking up in the church... Read morePublished 14 months ago by George Lawrence Clark
Thoroughly exegetical, Carson stays true to the reformed tenet of Sola Scriptura. This is probably the best work on the continuation of spiritual gifts. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Daniel Banuelos
The best book/commentary on theses chapter/verses I have ever read. A top tier scholar who writes a logical and fair evaluation of one of the most doctrinally divisive issues... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Frank Lasslett
Up until now I have only read books from a cessationist viewpoint. This book presents a scholarly argument for a continuationist pneumatology while identifying many of the... Read morePublished on June 17, 2014 by dlajammer
D.A. Carson is a respected and thorough Theologian and I appreciated his fair treatment of the text as well as his honest look at both charismatic and non-charismatic viewpoints... Read morePublished on June 5, 2014 by Juan Ledon
The topic of spiritual gifts is complex, controversial and important in every age of the Church. So when a volume is written from a trusted and proven theologian with no ax to... Read morePublished on May 21, 2014 by Amazon Customer
This book is another example of what happens when a Bible teacher choses to please his audiences rather than remain truthful to the Word of God. Read morePublished on April 2, 2013 by swalk