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Reformed Systematic Theology, Volume 3: Spirit and Salvation (Beeke & Smalley)

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The aim of systematic theology is to engage not only the head but also the heart and hands. Only recently has the church compartmentalized these aspects of life—separating the academic discipline of theology from the spiritual disciplines of faith and obedience. This multivolume work brings together rigorous historical and theological scholarship with spiritual disciplines and practical insights—characterized by a simple, accessible, comprehensive, Reformed, and experiential approach.

In this volume, Joel R. Beeke and Paul M. Smalley unpack the work and role of the Holy Spirit (Pneumatology) and salvation (soteriology). The authors examine the Holy Spirit’s role in the history of salvation, the order of salvation, and the believers’ experience of salvation. As readers consider the interrelationship between the Spirit and salvation, they are invited to explore the direct activity of the Lord in their lives for their salvation.

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Table of Contents

Part 5: Pneumatology and Soteriology: The Doctrine of Salvation Applied by the Holy Spirit

Analytic Outline: Pneumatology and Soteriology

Section A: The Holy Spirit and the History of Salvation (Historia Salutis)
Chapter 1: Introduction to the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit
Chapter 2: The Work of the Holy Spirit in Creation and Common Grace
Chapter 3: The Spirit of God with Old Covenant Israel
Chapter 4: The Spirit and God the Son Incarnate
Chapter 5: Pentecost and Paraclete: Baptized with the Spirit
Chapter 6: The Gifts of the Spirit in the Church
Chapter 7: The Signs and Wonders of the Spirit
Chapter 8: The Holy Spirit and the New Creation

Section B: The Holy Spirit and the Order of Salvation (Ordo Salutis)
Chapter 9: Union with Christ by the Spirit, Part 1: Biblical Themes
Chapter 10: Union with Christ by the Spirit, Part 2: Theological and Practical Considerations
Chapter 11: The Order of the Application of Salvation
Chapter 12: General Calling, Part 1: The Free Offer of the Gospel
Chapter 13: General Calling, Part 2: Preparatory Grace and the Spirit of Conviction
Chapter 14: General Calling, Part 3: Resisting, Testing, and Blaspheming the Holy Spirit
Chapter 15: Effectual Calling, Part 1: Biblical Teaching
Chapter 16: Effectual Calling, Part 2: Theological Controversy
Chapter 17: Regeneration, Part 1: Biblical Teaching
Chapter 18: Regeneration, Part 2: Theological Questions and Practical Application
Chapter 19: Conversion, Part 1: Repentance unto Life
Chapter 20: Conversion, Part 2: Faith in Jesus Christ
Chapter 21: Conversion, Part 3: The Exercise and Necessity of Faith
Chapter 22: Justification, Part 1: Biblical Teaching
Chapter 23: Justification, Part 2: Historical and Polemical Theology (Reformation)
Chapter 24: Justification, Part 3: Historical and Polemical Theology (Modern)
Chapter 25: Adoption, Part 1: Biblical Theology
Chapter 26: Adoption, Part 2: Systematic and Practical Considerations
Chapter 27: Sanctification, Part 1: Biblical Teaching
Chapter 28: Sanctification, Part 2: Theological Controversies
Chapter 29: Sanctification, Part 3: Practical Applications
Chapter 30: Preservation and Perseverance, Part 1: Biblical Promises and Warnings
Chapter 31: Preservation and Perseverance, Part 2: Resting and Running

Section C: The Holy Spirit and the Experience of Salvation (Experientia Salutis)
Chapter 32: The Indwelling, Leading, and Filling of the Holy Spirit
Chapter 33: Assurance of Salvation, Part 1: A Balanced, Biblical, Reformed Approach
Chapter 34: Assurance of Salvation, Part 2: The Sealing, Earnest, Witness, and Firstfruits of the Spirit
Chapter 35: The Marks of Grace in Christian Character, Part 1: The Beatitudes
Chapter 36: The Marks of Grace in Christian Character, Part 2: The Fruit of the Spirit
Chapter 37: Obedience to God’s Law, Part 1: Introduction and the First Two Commandments
Chapter 38: Obedience to God’s Law, Part 2: The Third and Fourth Commandments
Chapter 39: Obedience to God’s Law, Part 3: The Fifth through Seventh Commandments
Chapter 40: Obedience to God’s Law, Part 4: The Eighth through Tenth Commandments and Conclusion
Chapter 41: The Fear of the Lord, Self-Denial, Sober Watchfulness, and Recovery from Backsliding
Chapter 42: Prayer and the Hope of Glorification


“With the publication of this third volume of Reformed Systematic Theology, the monumental Beeke and Smalley journey of theological exploration now takes us into territory overseen by the Holy Spirit. Here we are given a reverent survey of the biblical witness to his ministry; a five-hundred-page exposition of the ordo salutis; and an extensive exploration of the Beatitudes, the fruit of the Spirit, and the Decalogue, leading us appropriately to the loving fear of the Lord and prayer. Here the comprehensive knowledge of the Reformed tradition characteristic of volumes one and two is now combined with the authors’ specialist expertise in the experiential dimensions of biblical doctrine. Those who join them on the journey will find themselves traveling with reliable guides and agreeable companions. En route, students will find the information they require, pastors and teachers will discover the stimulus they need, and all Christian readers will receive a theological education that will help them to live coram Deo.” - Sinclair B. Ferguson, Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries

“I tell my students that I am not interested in theology that can’t be preached. I sense the same when reading this third volume. What we have here is a systematic theology that covers all bases—scholarly and pastoral, Reformed and worshipful. No topic is left unaddressed. A monumental achievement.” - Derek W. H. Thomas, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries; Chancellor’s Professor, Reformed Theological Seminary

“One of Joel Beeke’s most prized contributions to the field of systematic theology is his understanding that Christian theology is for living. A hallmark of Beeke's preaching and writing is that it follows Martin Bucer's dictum: ‘True theology is not theoretical, but practical. The end of it is living, that is to live a godly life.’ This present volume is no exception. Here is theology for the church of God and not just for the academy. It is a privilege to commend this latest volume, with the prayer that it will find its way into the bloodstream of the church.” - Ian Hamilton, Professor, Westminster Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Newcastle, UK

“The third volume of Joel Beeke and Paul Smalley’s Reformed Systematic Theology gives attention to the doctrines of the Holy Spirit (pneumatology) and salvation (soteriology). We are treated to, among many other significant features, a knowledgeable defense of the ordo salutis, which sincerely engages the main objections to this important formulation of classic Protestant soteriology. We meet a beautiful exposition of the Holy Spirit and the historia salutis, which nicely complements the treatment of the ordo. The volume concludes, as you might have expected in a book coauthored by Joel Beeke, with a rich summary of the Holy Spirit’s work in the Christian experience of salvation (experientia salutis). I must confess that I turned immediately to peek at the section on preparatory grace and also that on assurance, knowing Beeke’s interest and expertise in those areas. I will be utilizing this volume as I teach systematic theology, and will be commending it to others. I’ve already learned and benefited from it greatly. This is a welcome addition to the current flourishing of Reformed systematics.” - Ligon Duncan, Chancellor and CEO, Reformed Theological Seminary

“‘Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!’ This expression of praise from Paul’s great doxology is a fitting response to reading this wonderful work of doctrine and devotion. Though the Reformed faith is often caricatured as merely intellectual, this work demonstrates that Reformed theology is also profoundly experiential, as no chapter fails to move from theology to doxology.” - John MacArthur, Pastor, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California; Chancellor, The Master’s University and Seminary

Reformed Systematic Theology not only takes readers into the depths of our triune God, but also shows what these great truths have to do with the Christian life. No contemporary systematic theology will bring the reader to a greater understanding of how theology blossoms into doxology than this one.” - Matthew Barrett, Associate Professor of Christian Theology, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Executive Editor, Credo Magazine; editor, Reformation Theology

“This volume continues the heart-warming approach of volumes 1 and 2. I particularly admire the authors’ insightful and scrupulously fair exposition of positions with which they disagree. Their work offers a pretty comprehensive approach to different readings throughout the history of the subjects dealt with.” - Jonathan F. Bayes, UK Director, Carey Outreach Ministries; Pastor, Stanton Lees Chapel, Derbyshire, England; author, Systematics for God’s Glory and The Weakness of the Law

Reformed Systematic Theology is the ripe fruit of Joel Beeke’s lifelong engagement as a preacher and as a teacher of preachers. This is not a systematic theology written by an ivory-tower theologian, but rather by a seasoned preacher for whom the doctrines he expounds have become, by the grace of God, an experiential reality.” - Bartel Elshout, Pastor, Heritage Reformed Congregation, Hull, Iowa; translator, The Christian’s Reasonable Service and The Christian’s Only Comfort in Life and Death

“Beeke and Smalley have written a work useful to the church at large that teaches Christians what they should believe and how they should love, but they have not sacrificed academic rigor to achieve these goals.” - J. V. Fesko, Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi

“Joel Beeke has continued his decades-long service to Christ and his church by presenting us with his mature reflections on the nature of systematic theology. This work is fully reliable, well written, easily understood, and thoroughly researched.” - Richard C. Gamble, Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary

“Joel Beeke is a rare gift to the church, a noted Christian leader who combines the skills of a learned theologian, master teacher, noted historian, and yet also a caring pastor. Reformed Systematic Theology is a virtual gold mine of biblical doctrine that is systematically arranged, carefully analyzed, historically scrutinized, and pastorally applied.” - Steven J. Lawson, President, OnePassion Ministries; Professor of Preaching, The Master’s Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries

“Here is theology functioning as it ought to function—calling us to worship. You will not need to agree with the authors at every point to believe and to hope that this work will serve Christ’s church well in our generation and for generations to come.” - Jeremy Walker, Pastor, Maidenbower Baptist Church, Crawley, UK; author, Life in Christ; Anchored in Grace; and A Face Like a Flint

About the Authors

Joel R. Beeke (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) has written or coauthored one hundred books, and edited another one hundred titles. He is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, a pastor of the Heritage Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, as well as the editor of Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth, the editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books, the president of Inheritance Publishers, and vice president of the Dutch Reformed Translation Society.

Paul M. Smalley (ThM, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary) is faculty teaching assistant to Joel Beeke at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. He previously served for twelve years as a pastor in the Baptist General Conference in the midwestern United States.