5 Stars Out Of 5
Designed to be like Him by Dwight Pentecost
March 17, 2016
In his book, Designed To Be Like Him, Dwight Pentecost takes you through a step by step discussion of the natural man without Christ, and the new man in Christ. He shows the contrast between the old/new mind, the old/new heart and the old/new will. In our conflict between the old man and the new man he states emphatically that when Christians become partakers of the divine nature, become new creations in Christ, having crucified the old nature with its passions and desires, we are not two personalities, we do not have two natures. We have one nature, the divine nature and what remains is the flesh with the capacity to be carnal (page 44ff).
In the second section of the book he explains the teaching from Romans 6 where Christians are said to have been crucified with Christ, died with Christ, been buried with Christ and resurrected with Christ. He states that all Christians are to be yielded to the Spirit of God and allowing our sanctification to increase. He spends some time also showing how we are not to use our liberty in Christ to offend the weaker brother and in fact all that we do in life if for Gods glory. Gods glory is our goal in everything we do.
The third section Pentecost discusses the Christians armor with Eph. 6:10ff as the main text. Then the last part talks about the process of maturity of the believer, that we all should be progressing from milk to meat. In it he says milk does not signify easy doctrine and meat as hard doctrines, rather it is the depth you understand that doctrine.
This book is theologically sound and was very edifying to read. I did notice he was somewhat repetitive on things, but it was ok by me.