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He Who Gives Life: The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

(Foundations of Evangelical Theology)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  118 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Often the most misunderstood, and therefore ignored, member of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit deserves our attention and understanding. God the Father and God the Son rightfully garner much explanation and exploration, and God the Holy Spirit ought to be given the same studiousness, curiosity, and scholarship. In this addition to Crossway's Foundations of Evangelical Theolog ...more
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published August 16th 2007 by Crossway Books
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L. R. Bouligny Bouligny
The church of Jesus Christ has historically produced voluminous works concerning all matters of doctrine and theology. As Solomon wisely observed, “Of making many books there is no end” (Ecc 12:12). However, when it comes to doctrine on the Person and work of the Holy Spirit, there is a comparative neglect with other subjects. This may be due in part to a lack of understanding. Not only is there less explicit revelation concerning Him in the Scriptures in contrast to the Father and the Son, but ...more
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
The book has good elements, including the review of the mystery of the Holy Spirit and the review of the Old Testament testimony concerning the Holy Spirit.

However, in much of the book Cole makes very bold statements without providing any supporting evidence or even discussion on which to base such claims. For instance Cole simply makes the statement that baptism in the Spirit is associated with “Christian conversion-initiation” (197) without referring to any biblical evidence or discussion on t
Nate H
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
If reading contemporary pneumatology is your thing, I'm sure you'll enjoy this. You've got a thorough survey of the field & cerebral scholastic erudition, but what you have very little of is a coherent whole. The book is more concerned with a survey of the scholarly consensus than making a decisive conclusion based on the texts in question. That's not to say that Cole doesn't make conclusions and that he doesn't analyze texts, but it seems like a scholastic endeavor rather than spirituality. ...more
Todd Miles
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pneumatology
Cole’s work is easy to read and expansive. It is also brief, considering all that it attempts to do. He does a good job with the Holy Spirit in the OT. He also addresses the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of Christ, but does not highlight the Christocentric role during Christ’s lifetime, preferring to speak of the Son submitting to the Spirit (which is true insofar as it goes). There are many times where he looks at multiple options, but does not argue for one position over another–which is ...more
Matthew Mitchell
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Able, even-handed survey of the Bible’s teaching on the Holy Spirit.

Graham Cole has done the Church a service by succinctly sketching out the main lines of the complex data in the Bible about the Third Person of the Trinity and ably assembling them into a coherent picture of His person and ministry.

Cole’s work is a textbook example of theological method. I learned not only from what he wrote but how he wrote it. It’s careful, learned, and cheerful. He does an excellent job of providing balancing
Brian Watson
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is a well-written pneumatology--a theology of the Holy Spirit. On the plus side, Cole writes well, and he pays attention to biblical theology. Also, his theology is solid. He is a careful thinker. However, often his discussions of particular issues are brief. This book could easily have been 50-100 pages longer and would have been better for it.

I think this book is best supplemented by James Hamilton's God's Indwelling Spirit. He pays more attention to the way the Spirit works in the O
Aug 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Very informative and readable survey on the doctrine concerning the Holy Spirit. I was at times frustrated with the author when he did not consistently provide his own perspective on an issue when critiquing another theologian's perspective on the issue or when presenting the various views of a controversy.
Peter Johnson
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
A great read. Clear with a critical approach to most issues and a determination to make conclusions only on the basis of firm exegetical support. Cole deals with a host of issues very helpfully if briefly (occasionally frustratingly briefly).
Bradley Davis
May 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Fairly brief for a work like this. Mostly clear. Points where I felt I read more about what he'd be saying than what he actually said. Some parts could be eliminated, others expanded, and still more topics should be treated. Overall, a good theology on the person and work of the Holy Spirit.
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Took me more than a year, but totally worth it! Another great book in the Foundations of Evangelical Theology. Read it!
Annie Rose
Dec 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
A professor of mine from Trinity wrote this book, which is a very helpful theology of the Holy Spirit. A good primer on the often-neglected third Person of the Trinity!
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Awesome from a biblical perspective lacking from practical value--typical work coming from a first rate Christian scholar.
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