New Life in Christ!

“While we continue to be influenced by our past life, ‘in the flesh,’ it is no longer the dominating influence in our present existence.  We are no longer in the flesh, but in the Spirit (Rom. 8:9).  Christ’s past (if we may so speak) is now dominant.  Our past is a past ‘in Adam'; our […]

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Son of Adam or Son of God?

In Romans 6:6 Paul said, “We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.” (ESV)  Sinclair Ferguson spoke of this verse in his book The Holy Spirit.  He said, “Old self…: In […]

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Holy Spirit Inspired Repentance

Sinclair Ferguson, in his book The Holy Spirit, discusses repentance.  He concludes with the following, “The fact that repentance is a gift of the ascended Christ to His people (Acts 5:31) indicates that it comes to us specifically through the ministry of the Spirit.  Its nature indicates how manifold and comprehensive his ministry is. Christ […]

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The Power of Regeneration

One of the best books I have ever read on the Holy Spirit is by Sinclair Ferguson. In one chapter he deals with the Spirit’s work in our salvation/regeneration. He said, “Regeneration is, consequently, as all-pervasive as depravity. On the basis of such statements as ‘the heart is…beyond all cure’ (Jer. 17:9), theologians have spoken […]

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Jesus and the Holy Spirit

Abraham Kuyper wrote that “the Church has never sufficiently confessed the influence the Holy Spirit exerted upon the work of Christ.”  He is right!  We take the fact that Jesus was God and somehow think that His Divine nature made Him a man who didn’t struggle with the things with which we struggle; yet, the […]

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Old and New Testament Revelation

On Tuesday mornings I am reading Sinclair Ferguson’s book, The Holy Spirit, with a group of men.  In his discussion on the work and revelation of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament he quotes B.B. Warfield, “The Old Testament may be likened to a chamber richly furnished but dimly lighted: the introduction of light […]

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Are You Filled With The Holy Spirit?

My study of John 14 has led me to some rather deep waters in terms of the work of the Holy Spirit.  Outside of the commentaries I’ve used throughout the series I have poured myself into three books—JI Packer’s Keep In Step With The Spirit, Sinclair Ferguson’s The Holy Spirit, and John Owen’s work, The […]

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The Efficacy of the Gospel Depends on the Holy Spirit!

For the last few weeks I’ve been quoting from a book that I’ve been reading with a group of men on Tuesday mornings.  As I have made my way through JC Ryle’s, Holiness, I noticed the number of times Ryle quoted or referred to John Owen’s book The Holy Spirit.  On Saturday I waded into […]

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