The Contemporaries Meet the Classics on the Holy Spirit

by Glen H. Jones

This volume provides comments from Christian leaders throughout history who have striven to understand the person and work of the Holy Spirit. The New Testament writers, to be sure, often spoke of the power and presence of the Spirit of God. Yet each new generation of believers needed expositions on the biblical texts that spoke of the One we often call the Third Person of the Trinity.

From earliest times until the present, faithful believers have proclaimed the deity of the Holy Spirit. Gregory of Nazianzen (377) wrote, "And now we have both seen and proclaim concisely and simply the doctrine of God the Trinity, comprehending out of Light (the Father), Light (the Son) in Light (the Holy Spirit)." Martin Luther (1522) stated, "I believethat the Holy Spirit is truly God."

Not only is the Holy Spirit deity, but He is also a Person, as A. W. Tozer emphasized. "He is not enthusiasm. He is not courage. He is not energy. He is not the personification of all good qualities." Dwight L. Moody added, "The Holy Spirit has all the qualities belonging to a person; the power to understand, to will, to do, to call, to feel, to love. This can not be said of a mere influence."

Harris includes comments on the Holy Spirit from Carl Barth (1919), St. Ambrose (381), John Woolman (1759), and James Buchanan (1843) on the workings of the Holy Spirit. Comments on the presence of the Holy Spirit are offered by Andrew Murray (1850) and Gordon MacDonald (1984).

Most of the writers quoted in this volume would agree that the Holy Spirit is a Person, He is God, He empowers for service, He guides and comforts believers, and He teaches the believer the things of God.

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