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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. His view of the Mosaic Law being fulfilled in Christ is essentially important for his understanding of the 'Economy of Grace' which the Christian now lives under (Rom. 6:14). Chafer ultimately sees the economy of grace as something that has completely superseded the shadows of the Mosaic economy just as the person of Christ has done with respect to the Law of Moses and everything tied to it (explained in the Book of Hebrews). Christ is the final Word of God and is almost a consummation of His progressive revelation. So, as the NT believer is a part of this development in the progressiveness of revelation, so he/she is now to live just as Christ has lived (1 Jn. 2:5-6). This is altogether 'superhuman' in character in comparison to the OT Law which is external in character and cannot regenerate the person but merely lead them to the final Word of God, the Living Word Himself, the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 3, Rom. 8, Heb. 1:1-3, etc.).
Thus, to live a superhuman life, known to Chafer as the Christian Life, one must have the appropriate means to achieve this kind of life in a daily manner. God has given this fully and completely to every Redeemed person by way of the Helper, the Holy Spirit. This is why 'Life in the Spirit' is not Law. However, commands are to be obeyed and lived out daily, but this can only be done by way of a continuous yieldedness to the Spirit, and through His filling/control, we are to grow in maturity and in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. Chafer's work is liberating in a time saturated with so much biblical ignorance and legalism. He elucidates an utter dependence on God alone to do what we cannot (John 15). We continually let Him work and manifest His life as we are yielded to Him and by this we 'Walk by/in Him'. This is one of the best treatments on the Christian life ever done as it is thoroughly biblical and yet continuously focused on the practical so that we may live victoriously for Him.