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Justified in the Spirit: Creation, Redemption, and the Triune God

Saturday, January 8th, 2011 by Nimi Wariboko

Frank D. Macchia, Justified in the Spirit: Creation, Redemption, and the Triune God. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010. x + 345pp. $32.00 paperback.

“To be justified is to participate in the fullness of pneumatic existence, which means the risen and glorified Christ as well as communion of love enjoyed among Father, Son, and Spirit” (14-15). This is the kernel of the book, the beginning and the end. In this one move Frank Macchia (a noted Pentecostal systematic theologian at Vanguard University, California) renders suspect the stereotypical-historic Protestant and Catholic approaches to justification. He renders inadequate, moves pass, and incorporates the Protestant legal, forensic overtones of justification as well as the Catholic emphasis on habitual grace and infused virtues, and then reconciles them within “the Sprit’s embrace and witness” (pp. 293-321). Read the rest of this entry »