I decided to review these three books together because they are so compact. They are part of the second set of the series. through five examine five lives of everyday people who had their world rocked by Jesus Christ. In five through ten, Keller examines five events from the life of Jesus specifically looking to answer, “How can we encounter Jesus today?” I’ll start with The Two Advocates.
Keller examines John 14 and Jesus’s high priestly prayer. He hones in on the promise of the Holy Spirit in particular. He looks at our natural understanding of a bar of justice and our need for an advocate. He shows how Jesus advocates for us and how the Holy Spirit complements in this role at Pentecost. He demonstrates how a God who is a good example and supporter isn’t enough. “Those things would be helpful, but on their own they would fall short of what we need. If that bar of justice exists--and our consciences bear witness to the fact that it does--then we need a true Advocate” (Kindle Location 148 of 610).
He also contrasts nicely the work of the first Advocate from the second. Jesus, he argues, advocates for you to the Father (think Romans 8), whereas the Spirit advocates from God to us. He is testifying to the truths that Jesus proclaims above in the throneroom of grace (186 of 610).
Keller explores the depths of the trinity in a truly approachable fashion. He writes with urgency for our Christian life. These are truths we need to thrive as sons and daughters of God.
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5 out of 5 Stars
“‘Yes,’ he is saying, ‘I’m going to suffer. Yes, there’s going to be self-denial. Yes, there’s going to be sacrifice--for me first and then for my followers as well. But it’s all a means to an end, which is festival joy! It’s all in order to bring about resurrection and the new heavens and new earth. The end of all evil and death and tears. You know all those Dionysian legends about the forest running with wine, dancing, and music? That’s nothing compared to the eternal feast that is coming at the end of history’” (68 of 646).
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