Thursday, February 8, 2018

Book Review: Supernatural Power for Everyday People by Jared C Wilson

The Apostle Paul exhorts the Ephesian church to be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18). To many in the church today, this is looked on as if one had to be charismatic to be filled with the Spirit. Every believer is sealed with the Spirit yet many do not want to be filled with Him. Many don't want to depend on the Spirit because they don't understand what He does.

Every believer, no matter who you or what your position is in the church, can live a life where you can depend on the Spirit of God. This is the subject of Jared C Wilson's new book, Supernatural Power for Everyday People. Wilson writes that too many Christians are living life based on their won strength which you can tell by how run down they are. Wilson goes on to say the Bible teaches us that every believer has Someone they can depend on to go on in day-to-day living who happens to be closer than most people think. That Person is the Holy Spirit.

Notice, I said the Holy Spirit is a Person, which Wilson does address this issue in the book. The Holy Spirit is not an it. He is not a personal force. The Holy Spirit is a Person, the third part of the Trinity. Jesus mentions what the Spirit's job is in scripture and is always addressed as a Person, not a thing.

Wilson goes to mention the Spirit is there is guide us in everyday life and reminds us of what the Bible teaches us just as Jesus taught in the gospel of John. Wilson takes time to discuss prayer and how we can pray to God. He also mentions the Spirit intercedes for us as Romans 8:26 teaches us with groans that words cannot express. What I love about this book is Wilson echoes what the Bible teaches about the Holy Spirit and how the believer is to depend on Him based on the Bible.

Wilson does take time to address spiritual gifts, including the apostolic ones. He does give, what he believes, the Biblical reasons that the gifts of the Spirit such as tongues as other apostolic gifts are still used today rather than being ceased. He only deals with it in a few pages rather than a whole chapter or half the book in dealing with this issue.

Jared C Wilson is one of my favorite authors. I have enjoyed every book he has written. Supernatural Power for Everyday People is no exception. The point of this book was not make a case against cessionalists, those who believe the gifts of the Spirit has stopped, but to remind the believers that everyone of us have the Holy Spirit to depend on as we live in this world.

Thanks Booklook Bloggers for letting me review this book.

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