The Holy Spirit
Contours of Christian Theology
The Holy Spirit seems, in many denominations, to have been “rediscovered” in the 20th century–or has He? Sinclair Ferguson believes we should rephrase this common assertion: “While his name has been recognized, the Spirit remains to many Christians an anonymous, faceless aspect of the divine being.”
In order to redress this balance, Ferguson seeks to recover the of the Spirit fully as much as the and Ferguson’s study is rooted and driven by the scriptural story of the Spirit in creation and redemption. Throughout his work, Ferguson shows himself well-acquainted with a biblical theology of the Holy Spirit as well as the wide variety of contemporary Christians who have explored this doctrine. Foundational issues are surveyed and clarified. Hard questions are explored and answered. Clarity and insight radiate from every page.
Here are the mature reflections of a Reformed theologian who will summon respect and charity from those who disagree.
Table of Contents
- The Holy Spirit and His Story
- The Spirit of Christ
- The Gift of the Spirit
- Pentecost Today?
- The Spirit of Order
- Spiritus Recreator
- The Spirit of Holiness
- The Communion of the Spirit
- The Spirit and the Body
- Gifts for Ministry
- The Cosmic Spirit
“This is a very able exposition of the orthodox Reformed understanding of the person and work of the Holy Spirit. The style is attractive without losing accuracy; thus the book is more readable than many theological volumes that tend to be skeletal. The wholehearted commitment to Scripture is manifest through abundant references and crisp exegesis of some difficult passages. One can see here the valuable combination of a mind permeated with revealed truth with a sense of the profound unity in diversity of the various administrations of the covenant of grace.
We might note the insights concerning the correlation of the three Persons of the Trinity, the relationship between the Old and New Testament in the unity of the redemptive purpose of God, the connections between the various elements of soteriology, the modern discussions about cessation or continuation of supernatural gifts, not to mention many other topics. The author is well informed, lucid in the presentation of his views and in the discussion of alternative positions. More than many other theologians he is serene in his conscious obedience to the teaching of Scripture and therefore generous toward those with whom he differs.” — Roger Nicole, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, Florida
“Sinclair Ferguson has done an extraordinary piece of work. This is the most comprehensive treatment of the person and work of the Holy Spirit from a Reformed perspective since Abraham Kuyper.” — R. C. Sproul, Ligonier Ministries
“In characteristic fashion Sinclair Ferguson has once again provided thoughtful readers with a wise, comprehensive, balanced and thoroughly biblical treatment of an important area of theology–the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. All the major questions and texts are treated. The chapter on ‘The Cosmic Spirit,’ which deals with universalism, is itself worth the book’s price.”
— James M. Boice, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
“Because this book is thorough and reliable, fresh and full of insight, and its tone is pastoral and constructive, it is among the best treatments of this subject.”
— David Wells, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary
About the Author
Sinclair B. Ferguson is senior minister at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina, and serves as professor of systematic theology at Westminster Seminary in Dallas, Texas.