Showing the Spirit: A Theological Exposition of 1 Corinthians 12-14

Showing the Spirit: A Theological Exposition of 1 Corinthians 12-14❰Download❯ ➵ Showing the Spirit: A Theological Exposition of 1 Corinthians 12-14 Author D.A. Carson – Heartforum.co.uk Eschewing extremes, Bible scholar D A Carson explores the controversial subject of the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer and in the life of the church Unpacking Corinthians , as well Eschewing extremes, Bible scholar D A Carson explores Spirit: A Kindle Ò the controversial subject of the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer and in the life of the church UnpackingCorinthians, as well as touching on relevant passages in Acts, Carson faithfully follows the evidence Showing the Epub / of the text and offers an honest look at the strengths and weaknesses of both charismatic and non charismatic viewpoints.

DA Carson is research professor of New Testament Spirit: A Kindle Ò at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois He has been at Trinity since Carson came to Trinity from the faculty of Northwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he also served for two years Showing the Epub / as academic dean He has served as assistant pastor and pastor and has done itinerant ministry in Canada and the United Kingdom Carson received the Bachelor of Science in chemistry from McGill University, the Master of Divinity from Central Baptist Seminary in Toronto, and the Doctor of the Spirit: A eBook ✓ Philosophy in New Testament from the University of Cambridge Carson is an active guest lecturer in academic and church settings around the world He has written or edited about sixty books He is a founding member and currently president of The Gospel Coalition Carson and his wife, Joy, reside in Libertyville, Illinois They have two adult children.

Showing the Spirit: A Theological Exposition of 1
  • Paperback
  • 304 pages
  • Showing the Spirit: A Theological Exposition of 1 Corinthians 12-14
  • D.A. Carson
  • 24 October 2017
  • 0801093406

10 thoughts on “Showing the Spirit: A Theological Exposition of 1 Corinthians 12-14

  1. Drake says:

    Let me be clear up front I am a cessationist That is, I believe that the miraculous gifts in the New Testament ceased at some point near the completion of the canon of Scripture D A Carson, however, is a continuationist He believes that all of the spiritual gifts in the New Testament except apostleship are still active today Yet in spite of this major difference in our perspectives, I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed his book on the subject of spiritual gifts Carson s exegesis of 1 Co Let me be clear up front I am a cessationist That is, I believe that the miraculous gifts in the New Testament ceased at some point near the completion of the canon of Scripture D A Carson, however, is a continuationist He believes that all of the spiritual gifts in the New Testament except apostleship are still active today Yet in spite of this major difference in our perspectives, I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed his book on the subject of spiritual gifts Carson s exegesis of 1 Corinthians 12 14 is extremely well done Even though I don t agree with every one of his interpretations, his commentary on the text has dramatically shaped my views of apostleship, the superiority of love, the coming of the perfect in 1 Cor 13, the silence of women in the church in 1 Cor 14, and several other subjects, as well as helping me see the great importance of using my spiritual gifts for the good of the body of Christ rather than personal gain Where I disagree most sharply with Carson is in his definitions of tongues and prophecy His treatment of tongues feltlike an attempt to fit the experience in the modern charismatic movement with the biblical text rather than a conclusion drawn from the text itself A similar criticism could be said about his treatment of prophecy, in which Carson makes some interesting points yet jumps to a few premature conclusions that I don t find in the Scriptures themselves Nevertheless, Carson writes in a very though provoking manner, and I admire the humble attitude he displays on nearly every page Christians on both sides of the cessationism continuationism debate can gain much knowledge, wisdom, and spiritual insights from this work My only caution is that Carson writes in an very academic style, which can be difficult to read and understand at times For some lighter reading on the continuationist side, I would recommend books and articles by John Piper and Wayne Grudem, which contain many of the same arguments in an easier to read format

  2. Jacob Aitken says:

    Carson, D A Showing the Spirit A Theological Exposition of 1 Corinthians 12 14 Grand Rapids, MI Baker Books, 1987.Carson steers a middle path between deistic cessationism and slappy clappy anything goes charismania He endorses the substance behind Grudem s thesis while calling particular details into account This is the best, sane treatment of the charismatic movement.While there are some nuances between charismata and pneumatikon, there isn t enough to warrant a full doctrinal diffe Carson, D A Showing the Spirit A Theological Exposition of 1 Corinthians 12 14 Grand Rapids, MI Baker Books, 1987.Carson steers a middle path between deistic cessationism and slappy clappy anything goes charismania He endorses the substance behind Grudem s thesis while calling particular details into account This is the best, sane treatment of the charismatic movement.While there are some nuances between charismata and pneumatikon, there isn t enough to warrant a full doctrinal difference or application.Notes and argument The perfect in 1 Cor 13 cannot refer to the completion of the canon, since that would have been anachronistic for Paul Paul makes no distinction between regular gifts and super gifts Carson 34 12 7 links it all each gift is for the manifestation of the Spirit Each believer is given some manifestation and rather than divide it into super and regular, Paul s argument does the exact opposite don t think one is better than the other The ordering of the gifts doesn t matter Paul changes the order every time 35ff The chapter on tongues is interesting He leans towards their being actual languages, and hypothetically grants they continue today He hedges his bets by saying no one does it correctly He draws upon an interesting article by Poythress and notes that the content of glossalia that tongue speech is coded language all languages have codes that repeat So even if it is gibberish, if it has patterns then it still counts as a language Poythress gives the following example Praise the Lord, for his mercy endures forever.Remove the vowels to achievePrs th lrd fr hs mrc ndrs frvrThis isn t so strange, since some Semitic languages don t have vowels.Now we are going to remove the spacesPrsthlrdfrhsmrcndrsfrvrThis still counts as a language, since most early languages didn t have spaces.Now we are going to add an a between each consonant It might sound gibberish, but it has all the necessary conditions for a language You can play with it and it will sound gibberish, but it still fits as a language ProphecyDoes Grudem s view mean that each new prophecy means new revelation No.a It doesn t seem like Philip s daughters thought they were adding to the canon.b The parallel with OT false prophets really doesn t work In the OT if a prophet were proved true, then he was good to go Sort of like tenure Not so with NT prophets Their oracles are to be carefully weighed presumably again and again.Were Tongues a Covenantal Sign It is true that Paul is probably alluding to Isaiah 28 16 in 1 Cor 14 22ff Does this mean that each act of tongue speaking in the church was a covenantal judgment on Jews for their unbelief It s hard to see how that could be the case Carson shows some problems a The unbeliever for Paul is a Gentile, not a Jew There is no way that this can function as a covenantal sign against the Jewish unbeliever.Carson ends the book with a rather pointed critique of charismatic excesses That s understandable, since he spent the previous 150 pages debunking cessationist exegesis

  3. Mike E. says:

    Have miraculous spiritual gifts like tongues or prophesy ceased No, says Carson This book should be read by those who lean toward cessationism and those who do not It s difficult to imagine ahelpful, reasonable, and Spirit filled book on 1 Cor 12 14 This may be a challenge for some to read But you will be rewarded.No serious cessationist can hold to his views without responding at least internally to this work that s been around for many years Read for yourself.QUOTES If Paul doe Have miraculous spiritual gifts like tongues or prophesy ceased No, says Carson This book should be read by those who lean toward cessationism and those who do not It s difficult to imagine ahelpful, reasonable, and Spirit filled book on 1 Cor 12 14 This may be a challenge for some to read But you will be rewarded.No serious cessationist can hold to his views without responding at least internally to this work that s been around for many years Read for yourself.QUOTES If Paul does not consider tongues to be the least of the spiritual gifts on some absolute scale, it is highly likely he makes it the last entry in each list in First Corinthians because his readers were far too prone to exalt this one gift.In verses 14 19, he tells the outsiders that, precisely because of the diversity of gifts God has distributed in the church, the member that seems inferior cannot reasonably say it does not belong, or threaten to leave.Indeed, a body consisting of a single organ a giant eyeball, perhaps, or one single, massive toenail or knee would be grotesque The body requires the contribution of each member So it is silly, for instance, for a Christian with the charisma of encouragement or of giving to feel hopelessly threatened by someone with the charisma of tongues.Paul does not mean that each congregation is a part of the body of Christ, or a body of Christ Each congregation, each church, is the body of Christ Each local church, if I may put it this way, is the exemplification of the church on 12 27 30 There is no stronger defense of the private use of tongues, and attempts to avoid this conclusion turn out on inspection to be remarkably flimsy If Paul speaks in tonguesthan all the Corinthians, yet in the church prefers to speak five intelligible words rather than ten thousand words in a tongue which is a way of saying that under virtually no circumstance will he ever speak in tongues in church, without quite ruling out the possibility , then where does he speak them The only possible conclusion is that Paul exercised his remarkable tongues gift in private 105 QUOTES ON 1 COR 13Paul s point is the love he is about to discuss cannot be classed with the charismata it is not one charisma of many, but an entire way of life, an overarching, all embracing style of life that utterly transcends in importance the claims of this or that charisma Paul s point is relatively simple No matter how exalted my gift of tongues, without love I am nothingthan a resounding gong or a clanging symbol.The point is that even the gift of prophecy, no matter how much reliable information comes from it, is intrinsically valueless if it operates without love.In all of this, if there is no love, I gain nothing In this divine mathematics, five minus one equals zero.Love hopes for the best, even when disappointed by repeated personal abuse and always ready to give an offender a second chance to forgive him seventy times seven Matthew 18 22 When a young man reveals his heart with a passionate declaration, I love you at least in part he means that he finds the woman he loves lovely At least some of his love is elicited by the object of that love But God loves what is unlovely If, as John 3 16 tells us, God loves the world, it is not because the world is so lovely God cannot help himself by John s use of the term world, God loves the world only because of what _he_ is And derivatively, that is how Christians learn to love they learn to love with love that is, like God s, self originating.One day all the charismatics who know the Lord and all the non charismatics who know the Lord will have nothing to fight over for the so called charismatic gifts will have forever passed At that point, both of these groups of believers will look back and thoughtfully contemplate the fact that what connects them with the world they have left behind is not the gift of tongues, nor animosity toward the gift of tongues, but the love they sometimes managed to display toward each other despite the gift of tongues The greatest evidence that heaven has invaded our sphere, that the spirit has been poured out upon us, that we are citizens of the kingdom not yet consummated, is Christian love

  4. Stephen Willcox says:

    It seems to me that Carson s work on 1 Corinthians 12 14 no longer make the cessationist a plausible theory Carson certainly does excellent work on the abuses of speaking in tongues and demonstrates at length pastoral concern for much of what is done in the charismatic movement Yet, Scripture is not so clear on the issue that we have authority from God s Word to write off and disregard every testimony that would fall under the categories of gifts that many such as MacArthur would argue has emp It seems to me that Carson s work on 1 Corinthians 12 14 no longer make the cessationist a plausible theory Carson certainly does excellent work on the abuses of speaking in tongues and demonstrates at length pastoral concern for much of what is done in the charismatic movement Yet, Scripture is not so clear on the issue that we have authority from God s Word to write off and disregard every testimony that would fall under the categories of gifts that many such as MacArthur would argue has emphatically ceased The Christianly thing to do would be love our brothers in Christ, affirm what good and renounce that which is not This is far different than the suspicious and dogmatic claims that no such gifts can be displayed in the Church today Further, Carson affirms Grudem s work on the distinction between prophets and practice in the old Testament to that of prophets and practice in the age of the church To my knowledge there has been no such scholarly response that has rendered a deathly blow to the work done on this issue by Grudem s book The Gift of Prophecy in 1 Corinthians Lastly, Carson s approach to bridging the gap between charismatics and cessationist who hold to a true gospel and renounce abuses of the gifts is a muchedifying word to the Body of Christ than I have read from many within Christianity I would commend Carson s approach to all my brothers and sisters in Christ

  5. Butch says:

    Good exposition of 1 Corinthians 12 14 as it relates to the issue of spiritual gifts and especially the charismatic gifts Whether you agree with all of his conclusions he has put together a thoughtful discussion of the text and it s implications on the current day church.

  6. Adam Embry says:

    The most compelling book that helped me move away from charismatic Pentecostal doctrine.

  7. John says:

    I disagree with Carson on some points, but he is a fantastic model of how to think through a controversial issue Always level headed, constantly submissive to the Bible and willing to go wherever Scripture leads him, and constantly refusing to make either side into the villain He presents each side in the best light possible rather than what many do presenting the weakest straw man argument of those you disagree with, then knocking it down with ease as if it was an open shut case Not to men I disagree with Carson on some points, but he is a fantastic model of how to think through a controversial issue Always level headed, constantly submissive to the Bible and willing to go wherever Scripture leads him, and constantly refusing to make either side into the villain He presents each side in the best light possible rather than what many do presenting the weakest straw man argument of those you disagree with, then knocking it down with ease as if it was an open shut case Not to mention that the man knows the Bible like the back of his hand I will read just about anything this man writes

  8. Michael Abraham says:

    One might be surprised to find both charismatics and cessationists praising Carson s book spolier, Carson is a continuationist Perhaps this shows the pastoral charity and sensitivity of Carson s writing.The book was a little difficult to read, partially because of the big words read with a dictionary and also because of detailed exegesis.Still I would highly recommend anyone interested in the debate to skip to the last chapter and read Carson s reflections They re worth the laborious trek One might be surprised to find both charismatics and cessationists praising Carson s book spolier, Carson is a continuationist Perhaps this shows the pastoral charity and sensitivity of Carson s writing.The book was a little difficult to read, partially because of the big words read with a dictionary and also because of detailed exegesis.Still I would highly recommend anyone interested in the debate to skip to the last chapter and read Carson s reflections They re worth the laborious trek through the book

  9. Timothy Goldsmith says:

    Carson reminds me a little of C.S Lewis When he s writing in a popular way, he is clear and compelling, and when he s writing as an academic, he can feel almost impenetrable This book falls firmly in the former category Showing the Spirit is certainly not lacking academic rigor, or deep insight, but it is written in such a way that it s a joy to read If you have questions about the gifts of the Spirit and are looking for a good book to read on it, it s hard to look past the Don

  10. Julius Tennal II says:

    This book was tremendously helpful in revealing the main thrust of Paul s arguments in 1 Cor 12 14 Carson does a really good job exposing how Paul s writing challenges both those who would consider themselves charismatics and those who wouldn t This is not an exhaustive commentary by any means, but it is thoughtful, clear, and humble in tone I highly recommend for anyone interested in the topic of spiritual gifts.

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