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Rousas John Rushdoony Systematic Theology I. IV. 10

Rousas John Rushdoony Systematic Theology I. IV. 10


Rousas John Rushdoony

Systematic Theology, Volume I, Vallecito, California: Ross House Books, 1994, pp.171-223

1. The Doctrine of God
2. The Trinity and Subordination
3. God, Logic and Reality
4. The Incomprehensibility of God
5. God’s Eternalness
6. The Aseity of God
7. Idolatry
8. God the Father
9. God the Son
10. God the Spirit
11. Sovereignty, Government, and Providence
12. God and Creation
13. Predestination
14. “Why Hast Thou Made Me Thus?”


 In the economy of the Trinity, the Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son (John 15:26; Rom. 8:9; Gal. 4:6). He is clearly a person (John 14:26;16:7-11; Rom. 8:26; Rom. 8:16; Acts 16:7; I Cor. 12:11; Isa. 63:10; Eph.4:30, etc.). We are told repeatedly that He wills, acts, commands, reveals, makes intercession, etc. The texts are so many that only the wilful reject them. At the root of the Phrygianism of all such groups as the Montanists, and some pentecostals, and charismatics, and others is an implicit or explicit denial of the personality of the Holy Spirit. If the Holy Spirit is impersonal or subpersonal, then His work will be so. The result is the kind of mindless emotionalism commonly associated with all such movements. An ultimate chaos and impersonalism is ascribed to the Godhead and given a priority over the self-consciousness of God. Especially when viewed with a Hellenic and Darwinian belief in the priority of chaos and non-being, and then of mindless being, over mind and consciousness, it leads to an emphasis on Phrygianantics as more true to God than faith and obedience. The truly Spirit-filledmen among Charismatics are above all teachers of God’s word. (pp.206-207)

 But when we look at Scripture, we find that God made man in His image (Gen. 1:26-28). Man fell, and God began the work of the regeneration and restoration of all things. Christ, God the Son incarnate, is the Adam of the new humanity, and God the Spirit works with and through the Father and the Son in that task. (p.207)

 The triune God through Christ regenerates the fallen man. The Holy Spirit instructs, guides, and directs him, and teaches him all truth. In the Garden of Eden, Adam had the oral word of God to guide him, and the personal presence of God (Gen. 2:16; Gen. 3:8-19). Now, the redeemed man in Christ has the full written word of God, and the living, indwelling presence of God the Spirit (I Cor. 3:16), and His guidance in terms of the written word. The Spirit thus is man’s guide into knowledge, holiness, righteousness (or, justice) and dominion. In all these things, it is not our purely individual experience that is of any consequence. Rather, it is the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness or justice (Matt. 6:33). (p.207)