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Perspectives on Pentecost: New Testament Teaching on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Gaffin, Richard B., Jr.

Thoughtful, intelligent and soundly scriptural, this short book is a practical and engaging resource on spiritual gifts. With characteristic gentleness, clarity and love for Christ’s church, this succinct and accessible work makes a biblically persuasive case for the cessation of tongues and prophecy with the end of the apostolic era.

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Listen to an episode of Christ the Center entitled Perspectives on Pentecost. (Reformed Forum)


Listen to a 5-part lecture by Richard Gaffin entitled The Work of the Holy Spirit. (Requires a free account at Westminster Theological Seminary).


With exegetical depth, objectivity, and clarity Richard B. Gaffin examines prophecy and tongues and makes a case for the cessation of both gifts at the close of the apostolic era.

Pentecost is presented as integral to the once-for-all work of Christ and decisive for the life of the whole church. Dr. Gaffin's biblical-theological perspective is thorough: he defines all the spiritual gifts generally; he clarifies the nature of prophecy and tongues and the question of their continuance in the church today; and he indicates how these exegetical studies bear on contemporary interest in charismatic gifts.

Perspectives on Pentecost dispels the emotionalism and confusion now surrounding the charismatic movement. It is a reliable study for all Bible students and an especially helpful handbook for those either associated with the charismatic movement or who must deal with friends or family members involved in tongues-speaking experiences.

127 Pages
Published 1979

About the Author

Richard B. Gaffin, Jr is Emeritus Professor Systematic and Biblical Theology at WEstminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He is a graduate of Calvin College, Grand Rapids, and he holds the ThM and ThD degrees from Westminster. He also is the author of Resurrection and Redemption: A Study in Paul's Soteriology.

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