Reformed Systematic Theology, Volume 3: Spirit and Salvation

Reformed Systematic Theology, Volume 3: Spirit and Salvation

by Joel Beeke, Paul M. Smalley


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The third volume in Reformed Systematic Theology draws on historical theology of the Reformed tradition, exploring the role of the Holy Spirit in salvation.

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ISBN-13: 9781433559914
Publisher: Crossway
Publication date: 12/07/2021
Series: Reformed Systematic Theology
Pages: 1184
Sales rank: 263,402
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.60(d)

About the Author

Joel R. Beeke (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) has written over one hundred books. He is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary; a pastor of the Heritage Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan; the editor of Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth; the editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books; the president of Inheritance Publishers; and the vice president of the Dutch Reformed Translation Society.

Paul M. Smalley (ThM, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary) is faculty teaching assistant to Joel Beeke at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. He previously served for twelve years as a pastor in the Baptist General Conference in the midwestern United States.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations 13

Tables 17

Preface to Volume 3 19

Part 5 Pneumatology and Soteriology: The Doctrine of Salvation Applied by the Holy Spirit

Analytical Outline: Pneumatology and Soteriology 23

Section A The Holy Spirit and the History of Salvation (Historia Salutis)

1 Introduction to the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit 49

2 The Work of the Holy Spirit in Creation and Common Grace 70

3 The Spirit of God with Old Covenant Israel 93

4 The Spirit and God the Son Incarnate 116

5 Pentecost and the Paraclete: Baptized with the Spirit 134

6 The Gifts of the Spirit in the Church 159

7 The Signs and Wonders of the Spirit 184

8 The Holy Spirit and the New Creation 210

Section B The Holy Spirit and the Order of Salvation (Ordo Salutis)

9 Union with Christ by the Spirit, Part 1: Biblical Themes 227

10 Union with Christ by the Spirit, Part 2: Theological and Practical Considerations 244

11 The Order of the Application of Salvation 267

12 General Calling, Part 1: The Free Offer of the Gospel 284

13 General Calling, Part 2: Preparatory Grace and the Spirit of Conviction 309

14 General Calling, Part 3: Resisting, Testing, and Blaspheming the Holy Spirit 334

15 Effectual Calling, Part 1: Biblical Teaching 350

16 Effectual Calling, Part 2: Theological Controversy 371

17 Regeneration, Part 1: Biblical Teaching 400

18 Regeneration, Part 2: Theological Questions and Practical Applications 423

19 Conversion, Part 1: Repentance unto Life 447

20 Conversion, Part 2: Faith in Jesus Christ 471

21 Conversion, Part 3: The Exercise and Necessity of Faith 496

22 Justification, Part 1: Biblical Teaching 513

23 Justification, Part 2: Historical and Polemical Theology (Ancient to Reformation) 537

24 Justification, Part 3: Historical and Polemical Theology (Modern) 559

25 Adoption, Part 1: Biblical Theology 577

26 Adoption, Part 2: Systematic and Relational Considerations 597

27 Sanctification, Part 1: Biblical Teaching 625

28 Sanctification, Part 2: Theological Controversies 647

29 Sanctification, Part 3: Practical Applications 672

30 Preservation and Perseverance, Part 1: Biblical Promises and Warnings 697

31 Preservation and Perseverance, Part 2: Resting and Running 723

Section C The Holy Spirit and the Experience of Salvation (Experientia Salutis)

32 The Indwelling, Leading, and Filling of the Holy Spirit 745

33 Assurance of Salvation, Part 1: A Balanced, Biblical, Reformed Approach 766

34 Assurance of Salvation, Part 2: The Sealing, Earnest, Witness, and Firstfruits of the Spirit 791

35 The Marks of Grace in Christian Character, Part 1: The Beatitudes 811

36 The Marks of Grace in Christian Character, Part 2: The Fruit of the Spirit 837

37 Obedience to God's Law, Part 1: Introduction and the First Two Commandments 867

38 Obedience to God's Law, Part 2: The Third and Fourth Commandments 892

39 Obedience to God's Law, Part 3: The Fifth through Seventh Commandments 918

40 Obedience to God's Law, Part 4: The Eighth through Tenth Commandments and Conclusion 947

41 The Fear of the Lord, Self-Denial, Sober Watchfulness, and Recovery from Backsliding 975

42 Prayer and the Hope of Glorification 1000

Bibliography 1023

General Index 1067

Scripture Index 1097

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“With the publication of this third volume of Reformed Systematic Theology, the monumental Beeke and Smalley journey of theological exploration now takes us into territory overseen by the Holy Spirit. Here we are given a reverent survey of the biblical witness to his ministry; a five-hundred-page exposition of the ordo salutis; and an extensive exploration of the Beatitudes, the fruit of the Spirit, and the Decalogue, leading us appropriately to the loving fear of the Lord and prayer. Here the comprehensive knowledge of the Reformed tradition characteristic of volumes one and two is now combined with the authors’ specialist expertise in the experiential dimensions of biblical doctrine. Those who join them on the journey will find themselves traveling with reliable guides and agreeable companions. En route, students will find the information they require, pastors and teachers will discover the stimulus they need, and all Christian readers will receive a theological education that will help them to live coram Deo.”
—Sinclair B. Ferguson, Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries

“I tell my students that I am not interested in theology that can’t be preached. I sense the same when reading this third volume. What we have here is a systematic theology that covers all bases—scholarly and pastoral, Reformed and worshipful. No topic is left unaddressed. A monumental achievement.”
—Derek W. H. Thomas, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries; Chancellor’s Professor, Reformed Theological Seminary

“One of Joel Beeke’s most prized contributions to the field of systematic theology is his understanding that Christian theology is for living. A hallmark of Beeke's preaching and writing is that it follows Martin Bucer's dictum: ‘True theology is not theoretical, but practical. The end of it is living, that is to live a godly life.’ This present volume is no exception. Here is theology for the church of God and not just for the academy. It is a privilege to commend this latest volume, with the prayer that it will find its way into the bloodstream of the church.”
—Ian Hamilton, Professor, Westminster Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Newcastle, UK

“The third volume of Joel Beeke and Paul Smalley’s Reformed Systematic Theology gives attention to the doctrines of the Holy Spirit (pneumatology) and salvation (soteriology). We are treated to, among many other significant features, a knowledgeable defense of the ordo salutis, which sincerely engages the main objections to this important formulation of classic Protestant soteriology. We meet a beautiful exposition of the Holy Spirit and the historia salutis, which nicely complements the treatment of the ordo. The volume concludes, as you might have expected in a book coauthored by Joel Beeke, with a rich summary of the Holy Spirit’s work in the Christian experience of salvation (experientia salutis). I must confess that I turned immediately to peek at the section on preparatory grace and also that on assurance, knowing Beeke’s interest and expertise in those areas. I will be utilizing this volume as I teach systematic theology, and will be commending it to others. I’ve already learned and benefited from it greatly. This is a welcome addition to the current flourishing of Reformed systematics.”
—Ligon Duncan, Chancellor and CEO, Reformed Theological Seminary

“‘Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!’ This expression of praise from Paul’s great doxology is a fitting response to reading this wonderful work of doctrine and devotion. Though the Reformed faith is often caricatured as merely intellectual, this work demonstrates that Reformed theology is also profoundly experiential, as no chapter fails to move from theology to doxology.”
—John MacArthur, Pastor, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California; Chancellor, The Master’s University and Seminary

Reformed Systematic Theology not only takes readers into the depths of our triune God, but also shows what these great truths have to do with the Christian life. No contemporary systematic theology will bring the reader to a greater understanding of how theology blossoms into doxology than this one.”
—Matthew Barrett, Associate Professor of Christian Theology, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Executive Editor, Credo Magazine; editor, Reformation Theology

“This volume continues the heart-warming approach of volumes 1 and 2. I particularly admire the authors’ insightful and scrupulously fair exposition of positions with which they disagree. Their work offers a pretty comprehensive approach to different readings throughout the history of the subjects dealt with.”
—Jonathan F. Bayes, UK Director, Carey Outreach Ministries; Pastor, Stanton Lees Chapel, Derbyshire, England; author, Systematics for God’s Glory and The Weakness of the Law

Reformed Systematic Theology is the ripe fruit of Joel Beeke’s lifelong engagement as a preacher and as a teacher of preachers. This is not a systematic theology written by an ivory-tower theologian, but rather by a seasoned preacher for whom the doctrines he expounds have become, by the grace of God, an experiential reality.”
—Bartel Elshout, Pastor, Heritage Reformed Congregation, Hull, Iowa; translator, The Christian’s Reasonable Service and The Christian’s Only Comfort in Life and Death

“Beeke and Smalley have written a work useful to the church at large that teaches Christians what they should believe and how they should love, but they have not sacrificed academic rigor to achieve these goals.”
—J. V. Fesko, Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi

“Joel Beeke has continued his decades-long service to Christ and his church by presenting us with his mature reflections on the nature of systematic theology. This work is fully reliable, well written, easily understood, and thoroughly researched.”
—Richard C. Gamble, Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary

“Joel Beeke is a rare gift to the church, a noted Christian leader who combines the skills of a learned theologian, master teacher, noted historian, and yet also a caring pastor. Reformed Systematic Theology is a virtual gold mine of biblical doctrine that is systematically arranged, carefully analyzed, historically scrutinized, and pastorally applied.”
—Steven J. Lawson, President, OnePassion Ministries; Professor of Preaching, The Master’s Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries

“Here is theology functioning as it ought to function—calling us to worship. You will not need to agree with the authors at every point to believe and to hope that this work will serve Christ’s church well in our generation and for generations to come.”
—Jeremy Walker, Pastor, Maidenbower Baptist Church, Crawley, UK; author, Life in Christ; Anchored in Grace; and A Face Like a Flint

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