Theology: The Word and the Spirit

Since the Word of God and the Spirit of God have both been given to us to lead us to Christ and then on toward maturity, there should never be any conflict between the two. Yet the history of the church shows that some Christians gravitate toward the Bible and its analysis while others cultivate the life of the Spirit. (No such split is justified!)

Each group stresses its own advantages and tends to reject the other emphasis. Spirit-led Christians think of Bible-led believers as spiritually lifeless and lacking in intensity of devotion. Bible-led believers often consider Spirit-led Christians to be shallow in understanding and subject to gross distortions of ideas such as prosperity and healing. It seems that some Christians are all heart and the other believers are all head.

One man who bucked the trend is Gordon Fee, who Charisma magazine says is the “first Bible scholar of the modern Pentecostal movement.” Fee is a New Testament scholar who has made strong contributions in the areas of Christology, commentaries (1 Corinthians, Revelation), and Bible translation.

In relation to the Pentecostal movement, Fee has proven both an inspiration and an irritant. I recommend you read this article from Charisma to see how a home-grown biblical scholar has shaken up a Christian movement that is wary of such critters. Interesting!

Several of Gordon Fee’s most important works are the following:

How To Read the Bible for All Its Worth (with Douglas Stuart)

Pauline Christology

The First Epistle to the Corinthians

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