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The Person and Work of The Holy Spirit   By: (1856-1928)

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The Person and Work

of

The Holy Spirit

As Revealed in the Scriptures

And in Personal Experience

By

R. A. Torrey

Fleming H. Revell Company

New York, Chicago, Toronto,

London and Edinburgh

Copyright 1910, by

R. A. Torrey

CONTENTS

Chapter I. The Personality of the Holy Spirit. Chapter II. The Deity of the Holy Spirit. Chapter III. The Distinction of the Holy Spirit from the Father and from His Son, Jesus Christ. Chapter IV. The Subordination of the Spirit to the Father and to the Son. Chapter V. The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit as Revealed in His Names. Chapter VI. The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Material Universe. Chapter VII. The Holy Spirit Convicting the World of Sin, of Righteousness and of Judgment. Chapter VIII. The Holy Spirit Bearing Witness to Jesus Christ. Chapter IX. The Regenerating Work of the Holy Spirit. Chapter X. The Indwelling Spirit Fully and Forever Satisfying. Chapter XI. The Holy Spirit Setting the Believer Free From the Power of Indwelling Sin. Chapter XII. The Holy Spirit Forming Christ Within Us. Chapter XIII. The Holy Spirit Bringing Forth in the Believer Christlike Graces of Character. Chapter XIV. The Holy Spirit Guiding the Believer Into a Life as a Son. Chapter XV. The Holy Spirit Bearing Witness to our Sonship. Chapter XVI. The Holy Spirit as a Teacher. Chapter XVII. Praying, Returning Thanks, Worshipping in the Holy Spirit. Chapter XVIII. The Holy Spirit Sending Men Forth to Definite Lines of Work. Chapter XIX. The Holy Spirit and the Believer's Body. Chapter XX. The Baptism With the Holy Spirit. Chapter XXI. The Work of the Holy Spirit in Prophets and Apostles. Chapter XXII. The Work of the Holy Spirit In Jesus Christ. Footnotes

CHAPTER I. THE PERSONALITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

Before one can correctly understand the work of the Holy Spirit, he must first of all know the Spirit Himself. A frequent source of error and fanaticism about the work of the Holy Spirit is the attempt to study and understand His work without first of all coming to know Him as a Person.

It is of the highest importance from the standpoint of worship that we decide whether the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, worthy to receive our adoration, our faith, our love, and our entire surrender to Himself, or whether it is simply an influence emanating from God or a power or an illumination that God imparts to us. If the Holy Spirit is a person, and a Divine Person, and we do not know Him as such, then we are robbing a Divine Being of the worship and the faith and the love and the surrender to Himself which are His due.

It is also of the highest importance from the practical standpoint that we decide whether the Holy Spirit is merely some mysterious and wonderful power that we in our weakness and ignorance are somehow to get hold of and use, or whether the Holy Spirit is a real Person, infinitely holy, infinitely wise, infinitely mighty and infinitely tender who is to get hold of and use us. The former conception is utterly heathenish, not essentially different from the thought of the African fetich worshipper who has his god whom he uses. The latter conception is sublime and Christian. If we think of the Holy Spirit as so many do as merely a power or influence, our constant thought will be, "How can I get more of the Holy Spirit," but if we think of Him in the Biblical way as a Divine Person, our thought will rather be, "How can the Holy Spirit have more of me?" The conception of the Holy Spirit as a Divine influence or power that we are somehow to get hold of and use, leads to self exaltation and self sufficiency. One who so thinks of the Holy Spirit and who at the same time imagines that he has received the Holy Spirit will almost inevitably be full of spiritual pride and strut about as if he belonged to some superior order of Christians... Continue reading book >>




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