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Evan: Tell us about yourself?
Dr. Williams: I serve as an associate professor of NT Interpretation at Southern Seminary. I’ve been a Christian for 27 years. I’m also one of the pastors at Sojourn Church Midtown in Louisville, Ky. I’m a pastor of preaching there.
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Evan: What did you enjoy about the research and writing process for The Spirit, Ethics, and Eternal Life?
Dr. Williams: I enjoyed spending several years reading about and thinking about the Spirit in Galatians, and learning that the transformational power of the Spirit is a very important part of Paul’s argument in the central sections of the letter in chapters 3-6.
Evan: What do you hope readers will take away from this work?
Dr. Williams: One hope I have for readers is they will see with clarity that because of God’s saving action in Christ for sinners, those who trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation can in fact conquer the power of sin in their own lives as the Spirit enables them, indwells them, and transforms them to walk in step with the Spirit. I want Christians to know we can have victory over the power of sin because of Christ’s penal substitutionary death for our sins and because of his victorious resurrection from the dead. As Paul says, “if we received life by the Spirit, let us conduct our daily lives by the Spirit” (Gal. 5:25).
Thank you Doc! May the Lord bless you, your family, and your ministry. I have had the honor of getting to know Dr. Williams from the first day I was at SBTS. Over the years, he has been a kind mentor and friend.
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Here is what Dr. Schreiner said about The Spirit, Ethics, and Eternal Life:
“Jarvis Williams has made a significant contribution with this work on the Holy Spirit in Galatians. He situates his study in the Second Temple Jewish context of Paul’s day and also enters the conversation with contemporary scholarship on the role of the Spirit. At the same time, he offers a robust exegetical defense of his own reading. Williams shows the danger of false polarities and thus reads Galatians as both apocalyptic and salvation-historical, as cosmic and individual. Along the same lines, he doesn’t divide theology from ethics, showing that the work of the Spirit transforms individual lives and communities.”
Evan Knies is an elder of North Hills Church in West Monroe, LA. He is husband of Lauren and father to Maesyn. He is a graduate of Boyce College and Southern Seminary.