The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit by Sinclair Ferguson: A Review

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Dr. Bob Gonzales

Puritan Board Junior
Does Reformed theology have a place for a robust doctrine of the Holy Spirit. Dr. Sinclair Ferguson in his book The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit (IVP) shows that it does. This excellent book provides us with a helpful biblical theology of the Holy Spirit and also addresses such contemporary debates as the question whether the revelatory gifts of the Spirit such as prophecy and tongues are still extant today or whether they were foundational gifts that have since ceased. For those interested in learning more of Dr. Ferguson's book on the Holy Spirit, I would commend Pastor John Reuther's book review, which can be accessed by clicking on the link below.

The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit by Sinclair Ferguson: A Review
 

Scott1

Puritanboard Commissioner
Mr. Calvin is sometimes known as "the theologian of the Holy Spirit" precisely because he brought out the role of the third member of the trinity as such an integral part of the doctrine of Scripture.

From the review, it also seems clear, that the "baptism of the Holy Spirit" comes when one is regenerated, not as a "second work of grace" with speaking in unknown tongues as pentecostal theology teaches, or either that or one of a few other gifts as charismatic theology teaches. It looks like that is explained in the book.

Also, while the role of the Holy Spirit is very, very important, His role primarily is not to call attention to Himself (something pentecostal/charismatic communions also misunderstand).

So, the question of whether reformed theology has a solid doctrine on the Holy Spirit- yes... and much more so than the alternative!
 
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