Supper as Reality, not Fallacious Exhibition

In sum, just as Calvin answers the Lutheran charge that his formulation reduces the Supper to a fallacious exhibition by emphasizing that the grace of the Supper lies in a true, not fabricated, participation or communication, so Calvin responds to the charge of a legal fiction by affirming the reality of the righteousness belonging to believers by virtue of their union with the righteous Christ. It is a true union, moreover, not with the grace or virtue of Christ's presence but with Christ himself, Christ in his flesh and blood, who is made present by the Spirit through faith.

 

Mark Garcia, Life in Christ: Union with Christ and Twofold Grace in Calvin's Theology, pg. 170

The Spirit Discloses Christ

it is not only because of Christ that we come to know the Spirit more fully, but actually in Christ. Indeed, it is apparently a principle of the divine Spirit's working that he declines to disclose himself in any other way (Jn. 16:13-15). He will not be known as he is in himself apart from Christ.

 

Sinclair Ferguson, The Holy Spirit, p. 30

Enigmatic Testimony and the Spirit

Only through the revelation of the Spirit in the Messiah does the enigmatic testimony of the Old Testament come into its true light, so that the Spirit's activity is seen to have been more than merely an extension of the presence of God.

 

Sinclair Ferguson, The Holy Spirit, p. 29

Personalities of the Human Authors

It is clear that the activity of God does not minimize the individuality of the human authors. In fact the reverse is the case, since the personalities of the human authors appear to be stamped all over the finished product.

 

Sinclair Ferguson, The Holy Spirit, p. 27

Epochal Development and the Spirit

Paul's teaching in 2 Corinthians 3 indicates that there is an epochal development from the old to the new, precisely in terms of the ministry of the Spirit.

 

Sinclair Ferguson, The Holy Spirit, p. 26

New life from God's hand

;new life from God's hand was a reality in the old covenant, even if it only foreshadowed the reality of participating in the resurrection life of Christ.

 

Sinclair Ferguson, The Holy Spirit, p. 25-26

Bezalel and Oholiab

The beauty and symmetry of the work accomplished by [Bezalel and Oholiab] in the construction of the tabernacle not only gave aesthetic pleasure, but a physical pattern in the heart of the camp which served to re-establish concrete expressions of the order and glory of the Creator and his intentions for his creation.

 

Sinclair Ferguson, The Holy Spirit, p. 22