I Believe in the Holy Spirit

by Glen H. Jones

This classic book on the Holy Spirit covers almost every aspect that one can fathom. Green presents an exalted view of the Godhead—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He traces the unfolding revelation of God the Spirit throughout the Old Testament: in creation (with some helpful insight into the Spirit's part in creation), in the Word, in leadership, and in the prophets.

In his New Testament discussion of the Spirit, the author shows the presence and the power in the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Spirit "appoints" Jesus as the Suffering Servant; the Spirit adopts believers into the family of God. The Holy Spirit, at the bequest of Jesus, comes into the lives of His followers. It is the Person of the Holy Spirit who replaces Jesus when Christ returned to heaven.

In an extended discussion, Green contends that those in the charismatic movement who speak of the baptism of the Holy Spirit are mistaken. The writer shows from Scripture that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is a one-time occurrence. This act places a believer into the body of Christ. However, Green energetically contends that a believer may be filled with the Holy Spirit any number of times. The fullness (or filling) of the Holy Spirit comes as we believers are yielded to the known will of God for our lives.

The author discusses gifts of the Spirit under four categories: 1) Gifts of utterance (tongues, interpretation of tongues, and prophecy); 2) gifts of action (healing, miracles, and faith; 3) gifts of knowledge (knowledge, wisdom, and discernment); and 4) charismatic gifts (cf. 1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4:11, and Romans 12:6-8).

In the final section of the book Green discusses the charismatic movement and the importance of the Holy Spirit in the future of the church. The purpose of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, who in turn gives the glory to the Father. Those who place more emphasis on external manifestations than on inward spirituality have not fully understood the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

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