Book Review: Paul, the Spirit, and the People of God

I finally finished a book that has been on my to read list for a long long time.  A special thanks to Mike O for picking up Paul, the Spirit, and the People of God for me off my My Amazon Wishlist.

If you’ve been around Chi Alpha at UVA long enough, you know that Gordon Fee is a special theologian.  He’s Pete’s theological hero, he has spoken at one of our retreats, and he authors one of the books that we use for our internship.  Kind of a big deal.

Paul, the Spirit, and the People of God is a book in which Fee asks us to read Paul anew, nay to read Paul correctly.  While the book is informative, Fee doesn’t back down from the fact he’s trying to be persuasive.  And persuasive he is.

One of the things I’ve always appreciated about Fee is that he boils it all down to being the eschatological people of God.  We are people marked by the Spirit, and as the community of God we live in the now but not yet times.  Our thinking, being, and doing should flow forth because of this reality.

This is why we need the Spirit.  As we live in the hope of what is to come, the Holy Spirit is the person of the trinity that is there for us now.  He helps to bring the coming of the kingdom into our own lives now.

I appreciated all of Fee’s book.  The beginning and the end were the best for me.  Maybe I didn’t focus enough, or just felt like it wasn’t as revolutionary but his stuff on Conversion in the middle wasn’t the best I had read from him.

He makes a great case for why we are the people of the Spirit and what we should do with this presence, this delicious presence he calls it.

I highly recommend Fee’s book, especially if you want to understand the third person of the Trinity better!



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