Book Review: Perspectives on Pentecost

Perspectives on PentecostPerspectives on Pentecost by Richard B. Gaffin Jr.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A very helpful introduction to the sign gifts in the New Testament. Gaffin brings his typical exegetical precision to various texts. Few will agree with all his conclusions, but his arguments are solid. Several points stick out.

He makes the case that Pentecost, like Jesus’ death and resurrection, is a one time historical event that all Christians participate in by faith.

He shows that the Spirit is given to all Christians in equal measure. There is no reason to teach a second giving of the Spirit later in the Christian life.

He shows the connection between the Apostles and NT Prophets as well as the differences.

He shows that tongues and prophecy were both revelatory, as in they gave revelation from God and therefore they were foundational and not to gifts for all time.

I am preaching through Acts and found this book tremendously helpful in sorting out the competing claims.

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