The Holy Spirit and Revolutionary Grace

HSRG I wrote this book back in 1995. It’s still in print and available in a few bookstores, such as In fact, you can buy the book for less than the cost to print it. (The price of getting old is finding yourself in the bargain bin!)

The entire book can be downloaded for free as a .pdf here. The Holy Spirit and Revolutionary Grace

Two of our schools of preaching revised their instruction on the Holy Spirit based on this book. A number of congregations have found the book helpful in explaining the breadth of God’s grace. It’s designed to be suitable for teaching in a Sunday School setting.


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  1. I believe this is a giant step in the Lord’s direction for the Churches of Christ…actually for the church of Christ. I have only read it once and plan on rereading and studying it slowly and carefully. I believe the Holy Spirit will take the author even farther with the truths re: the Holy Spirit and grace. How will we ever arrive at the unity of the Spirit if we don’t allow Him to work within us?

    Ephesians 4:1-4 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit–just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call–

    Recommended reading for all.

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  9. not bad

  10. Thank you for your free pdf. I write a newsletter on the Spirit and like to compare sites that attach themselves to mine automatically. Interested?

  11. Just want to clarify your position on unity. Does unity here includes all Bible believing Christians that is, those who believe in the Deity of Jesus Christ which we cannot deny are in different denominations? Or just unity among your churches? (Church of Christ- instrumental or non-instrumental) Do you believe that there are churches or denomination outside of your organization will get to heaven? Or do you only believe that only members of your organization will make to heaven. Please clarify.

  12. Levi,

    Sometime after I wrote this book, I wrote Born of Water, which deals with baptism.

    The short answer is: the Churches of Christ aren’t the only Christians.

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  16. Hey Jay–

    I’ve been holding in a couple questions waiting for you to settle from your vaca. Alas, I start teaching a class this coming Wed. night and it is greatly based on HSARG and Amazing Grace…so I am hoping to get some clarifications. I’ve got other questions, but this is the primary one right now.

    Being said, I’m on my 4th read of HSARG, and one question keeps jumping out at me. If I understand you, you imply that since we’ll never give/evangelize/help the poor/etc. as well as Jesus, then we are sinning by omission.

    Do I understand this correctly? Can we say that not measuring up to Jesus in *any* regard would be sin?

    You basically imply that we are in a perpetual state of sin…the difference is, we are saved. And once saved, we can fall from losing faith, losing penitence, and trying to be justified by works. So it seems your argument is that the reason one can live their entire life in doctrinal error–yet be penitent–and still be saved is because we perpetually sin. Even if they weren’t in doctrinal error, they are in sin by not measuring up to Jesus.

    Do I have the gist of this?

    That being said, how do you back up with scripture that anything less than Jesus is sin? Because I’ve never measured myself against Jesus–I’ve always measured myself against “the best that I can.” (which strangely sounds like justification by works). Jesus is my example, but I can only do my best….that is simply all I am capable of.

    Not measuring up to Jesus would mean EVERYTHING we do is sin, i.e. prayer, worship, singing, helping, etc.

    So to me, it seems a lot hinges on the notion that Jesus is the standard, and all that is less is sin.

    If you can think of any posts you’ve written on this, please show the link(s).

    Thanks for your help, man. I’ve gotten SO much out of your book(s). You say you don’t know how much impact it will have had until God tells you some day…well let me tell you on my end, besides myself, I can tell you 10 people that are working their way out from legalism by Jesus using me to share with them this good news. And I’ve been blessed with an opportunity to share it with 200 more people over this summer as I teach my class. I hope God continues to bless you and yours!

  17. ….Bumping this Jay, not sure if you saw my post yesterday. Thanks,

  18. Hello I am back and just want to ask a query which will surprise you maybe.
    Is Trinity an Absolute Doctrine?

    You can answer yes or no even without stating your reason.


  19. Levi,

    I’m not familiar with the term “absolute doctrine.” Does that mean a doctrine that must be held correctly to be saved? Assuming that to be the case —

    Obviously, there are truths about the Trinity that are absolutely right, but of all the doctrines, this is obviously one where we cannot know all the truth. We must approach this one with the greatest of humilty.

    The Medieval Catholic Church put a lot of energy into speculations about the Trinity, and many of their conclusions became salvation issues — resulting in many divisions and persecutions. Part of the West/East divide was over whether the Spirit “proceeds” from just the Father or from both the Father and the Son. The Asian churches were considered heretical because they rejected the term “Mother of God” for Mary — preferring “Mother of Christ.” This separated the European Christians from millions of Christians in Asia — a branch of Christianity that at one time reached all the way to Japan, long before the Europeans got there.

    Therefore, I’ve never been one to be too fastidious about the exactitudes of Trinitarian theology. Rather, I’m inclined to follow the examples of Alexander Campbell and Barton W. Stone, who disagreed over the nature of the Trinity but decided not to let the disagreement divide the Restoration Movement by not delving into speculations publicly. They agreed that they both accepted as true every statement in the Bible on the subject — and they disagreed as to the inferences to be drawn. And going back to Thomas Campbell’s Declaration and Address, inferences were not to be tests of fellowship.

    It’s not a rule capable of exact application (what’s an “inference”?), but it’s a good pragmatic approach.

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