Appreciating the Pneumatology of Acts, Part 2: Prospect

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Andrew S. Malone


A companion article has already summarised the stimulating contribution of James Hamilton to a specific aspect of the pneumatology of Acts. Hamilton is confident that Luke intentionally utilises three groups of terminology to distinguish three different foci of the Spirit's work. Most of Luke's verbs describe the once-ever bestowal of the Spirit after the resurrection and ascension of Jesus (poured out, given, comes upon, ˜falls upon, received, baptised [with]). A second category typifies everyday Christian existence (˜full of the Spirit). A third category depicts special occasions of temporary empowerment (filled with the Spirit). We have already considered some of the theological and pastoral consequences if Hamilton is correct. We can apply these categories only to the same degree that we are confident in Hamilton's taxonomy. It is his second category that offers the least traction, so we need to scrutinise the evidence for a separable set of terms. We also have opportunity to evaluate other elements of Hamilton's presentation.

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Malone, Andrew S. “Appreciating the Pneumatology of Acts, Part 2: Prospect”. Reformed Theological Review 76, no. 2 (August 9, 2017). Accessed February 7, 2023.