Benjamin B. Warfield (1851-1921) stands as one of the greatest of Reformed theologians. As a professor of theology for over thirty years at Princeton Seminary, he authored a prolific number of extensive and scholarly books and articles in defense of historic Calvinism. While panoramic in his scholastic interests, encyclopedic in his knowledge and graceful in his writing, the preeminent feature of all his work was his deep loyalty to Christ. Although, on the occasion of Warfield's death, J. Gresham Machen believed that "Old Princeton" had died with him, this book is published with the hope that it will help to revive that type of piety for which Warfield stood. "I commend these pages, as one who has again and again been helped by their contents. Calvary Press has put us all in their debt by publishing this fine selection of Warfield's material on the person and ministry of the Holy Spirit. It is a treasure to be enjoyed again and again." — Sinclair Ferguson
This book contains a collection of sermons, articles, and book reviews which all have some relation to the person and work of the Holy Spirit.
Two negatives: 1. the shorter and longer forms of the article concerning the doctrine of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament overlap; in fact, the shorter is just precisely an excerpt from the longer. 2. they have endnotes instead of footnotes, and it is a pain to have to flip to the back of a volume while remembering the endnote number.
The book reviews are OK. The only one that was really long enough to give Warfield scope was his preface to Kuyper's book on the Holy Spirit.
The articles are good. Warfield is always thorough, lucid and majestic. His exposition carries weight.
The sermons are magnificent. Occasionally one is left in doubt as to the validity of the main point: but one knows that if the main point is once established everything else necessarily follows. Further reflection tends to confirm that the main point was perfectly accurate. His sermon on "The Leading of the Spirit" ought to be disseminated as widely as possible, as a corrective to a lot of wrong views, and as an inculcation of a view which is profoundly right and satisfying. He gives some excellent practical advice throughout these sermons, and more than one of them left me profoundly convicted.
He has strong ideas on the Spirit's use of means, and this is a controlling thought in at least two of his expositions.
His handling of the Bible is deserving of great respect and careful imitation. His approach is thorough and convincing (this is demonstrated also in his tremendous book, "The Saviour of the World").
Warfield is a theologian of the highest quality; an exegete of thorough reliability; a scholar of vast learning and exemplary piety. Some books are read with caution, because the authors though massively stimulating are erratic; other books are read with care, to glean everything possible; other books are trusted and loved; other books are read to provoke to love and good works. Warfield can be treated in all of these ways; he is thoroughly stimulating; the very dust of his work is valuable; he is confessionally orthodox (though like all men to be read with discernment); and he is profoundly convicting and challenging.
This is a book that is worth far more than the price.