Jesus was God in the flesh. The Holy Spirit is invisible . As someone said, "The Holy Spirit leaves no footprints in the sand." He is mysterious—and powerful. The Holy Spirit was present at Creation. The Holy Spirit is active in our salvation. The Holy Spirit remains with us as the Teacher. The Holy Spirit is active in our prayers. The Holy Spirit is the Comforter. The Holy Spirit is the powerful agent accompanying our ministry. Yet, for many, the Holy Spirit is just a name with little meaning. Drawing on the witness of Scripture and the testimony of the church's greatest thinkers, R. C. Sproul looks at God the Holy Spirit with clarity and precision to bring enrichment, enlightenment, and a greater love for the third person of the Trinity.
About the Author
Dr. R.C. Sproul is founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries, an international Christian education ministry located near Orlando, Fla. He is also co-pastor of Saint Andrew's Chapel in Sanford, Fla., chancellor of Reformation Bible College, and executive editor of Tabletalk magazine. He can be heard on the radio program Renewing Your Mind, which is broadcast on hundreds of radio outlets in the United States and around the world, and on RefNet Internet radio. Dr. Sproul has contributed dozens of articles to national evangelical publications, has spoken at conferences, churches, and schools around the world, and has written more than ninety books, including The Holiness of God, Faith Alone, and Everyone's a Theologian. He also serves as general editor of the Reformation Study Bible.
I read this book because I felt totally ignorant of the Holy Spirit. I know of the Holy Spirit's power and influence in today's world, but I couldn't say I understood it. I have read chapters on it from Systematic Theology books by Erickson and Grudem, but those books hardly touched on the subject. They both left so many questions unanswered. So here comes this little book, barely less than 200 pages in length and I give it a try. The very first chapter addressed my ignorance of it... saying that the Holy Spirit is part of the triune God, but we know nothing of it. We study Jesus the Son and God the Father, but our knowledge of the Holy Spirit is pititful in comparison. RC Sproul is dead on. The book goes head on in explaining the Spirit's role in the trinity, and logically explains how the trinity can exist. He goes into an entire chapter about the sentence "Three in person, one in being" with an emphasis on the Holy Spirit's role. Sproul addresses the trinity in his other books, but it was interesting to see it from this perspective.
But my favorite chapter in this book is his analysis of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, aka the second baptism, which implies two tiers of Christians. I have personally been exposed to this phenomena, and have seen it positively affect people and negatively destroy people... so I felt very uncertain when discussions came about on this matter. This chapter completely answered my questions and went further. Epiphanies upon epiphanies rained down. I love Sproul because he DOES take a stance and doesn't cower upon these issues, but gives his opinions on his stance. And his explanations are always Biblically thought out. His Biblical analysis isn't just throwing in some verses and letting the verses explain for themselves. I read so many Christian books today where the author just throws in some verses and does hardly any analysis of it, and in doing so, endangers the purpose of the verse by isolating it and taking it out of context. I'll end it here b/c you'll do much better by reading this enlightening book.