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You men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as you yourselves also know: (Acts 2.22)
Here Peter makes it absolutely clear on the day of Pentecost that Jesus was a man. Furthermore, he says that Jesus was a man approved by God. Then he goes on the say that the miracles and wonders and signs that were worked were done by God. The primitive church started with the man and went on to recognize that Jesus was also God. This was natural to them. They would not have thought of approaching it any other way.
After all, Jesus came to them as a man, they lived with him and touched him and knew who he was. It was only centuries later when the councils of bishops were meeting to combat various heresies that they started with the God who had been recognized in Jesus and also gave assent to his humanity.
This stress on his humanity is what gave the early disciples the zeal and confidence they needed to “turn the world upside down.”(Acts 17:6) They were of the same humanity as Jesus. He did what he did by the Holy Spirit. So they believed that they, as possessors of this Spirit, could do the same things and even greater things.
This book is a combination of three of the Author's earlier titles, Great Scot, Pentecost 1830, and A Man Approved Of God. - In late 1829 in the West Coast of Scotland a unique revival started. A Scottish pastor, Edward Irving, had been preaching on the Holy Spirit and he did not expect a full blown Pentecostal revival. The revival spread to Irving's Scottish church in London and many people attended.
As things grew to be more widespread Irving literally worked himself to death, caught pneumonia and died at the age of 42. His followers started the Catholic Apostolic Church which became heavily involved in liturgy. The denomination now exists only in Australia. This book studies the movement and the teachings of Edward Irving, a Reformed theologian, of unusual breadth.
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-The Life and Times of Edward Irving (1792 – 1834)-
-The God-Man Jesus Christ-
-The Scottish Revival of 1830-