By John A. Jr. Studebaker
even if the doctrine and paintings of the Holy Spirit isn't any longer being neglected in theology (as was once frequently the case in centuries past), the authority of the Spirit is still primarily undefined. the necessity for this kind of definition, despite the fact that, is pressing. a few harmful traits within the modern realizing of the Spirit have constructed (trends which may in basic terms be uncovered via cautious exegesis of Scripture and theological clarification). certainly, a few modern versions usually go away us with a nonauthoritative "Spirit" predisposed towards universalism, experientialism, or panentheism.
This paintings will try and convey that the character of the Holy Spirit's authority will be truly outlined via biblical and systematic theology. once we examine the Spirit's position in the development of divine authority, as laid out in Scripture, we find that the Holy Spirit certainly possesses a different authority as divine individual, Christ's Executor, instructor, and Governor of the Church.
Such a piece may be valuable for either the theologian and the pastor. First, definitions of the Spirit's authority could be constructed via old, exegetical, and theological research. Then those definitions may be utilized to precise church practices, together with hermeneutics, church constitution and advice, and Christian spirituality. A reaction can be given to these "practical theologies" which are subtly diminishing the Spirit's authority with regards to the modern church.
"Amidst the spate of books at the Holy Spirit and the church, Studebaker's sticks out for its emphasis no longer on strength yet authority. A precious dialogue that expands on what Bernard Ramm known as the 'pattern of authority' whereas retaining the integrity of the Spirit's dating to Jesus Christ and the Scriptures."
--Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
"Too frequently evangelical theologies of the Holy Spirit have a tendency towards both amorphous mystification or insipid rationalism, either one of which reduce the real-life import of the function of the Spirit in Christian groups and person lives. Professor Studebaker addresses those misconceptions through resituating the proposal of the Spirit's authority inside of a powerful Trinitarian theology. Studebaker builds at the paintings of Bernard Ramm to teach that the sensible authority of the Spirit has to be grounded either in his divine nature and in his own supplier. the result's a compelling discussion with modern pneumatology that is guided through biblical exegesis and framed by way of old theology."
--Kyle Roberts, Bethel Seminary, St Paul
John A. Studebaker is Adjunct Professor at Cornerstone collage and Spring Arbor college and govt Director of Bridge Ministries in Michigan.