Books on the Holy Spirit

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Michael Kinch | Forum Activity | Posted: Sun, Jan 27 2013 10:40 AM

I am studying the work and ministy of the Holy Spirit.  I searched the forums and came across some post on “God's Indwelling Presence: The Holy Spirit in the Old and New Testaments” by James M. Hamilton Jr.  It looks very interesting.  I have a number of books by Charles Stanley as well that I am working through.  My question is, what do you consider to be the best and most thorough book(s) on the subject of the Holy Spirit?  I am interested in both Logos and print books if they are not available in Logos format. 

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Ken McGuire | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jan 27 2013 12:49 PM

Fee's study God's Empowering Presence is great for the letters of Paul...

As far as theology goes, probably the most important ones for me have been Juergen Moltmann's The Spirit of Life, Hermann Sasse's We Confess the Holy Spirit, and Basil the Great's "On the Holy Spirit".

The Gospel is not ... a "new law," on the contrary, ... a "new life." - William Julius Mann

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Rich DeRuiter | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jan 27 2013 1:41 PM

Michael Kinch:

I am studying the work and ministy of the Holy Spirit.  I searched the forums and came across some post on “God's Indwelling Presence: The Holy Spirit in the Old and New Testaments” by James M. Hamilton Jr.  It looks very interesting.  I have a number of books by Charles Stanley as well that I am working through.  My question is, what do you consider to be the best and most thorough book(s) on the subject of the Holy Spirit?  I am interested in both Logos and print books if they are not available in Logos format. 

In Logos, one of the most thorough was written by R.A. Torrey: http://www.logos.com/product/8052/the-person-and-work-of-the-holy-spirit (also in the R.A. Torrey collection)

For a charismatic/3rd wave view that comes out of the Reformed/Presbyterian tradition, I found this book to be fascinating and quite helpful to me personally (following a dramatic experience of the Spirit I didn't have a theology for): http://www.amazon.com/Receiving-Power-Preparing-Holy-Spirit/dp/0800792467

There's a lot more both in Logos format and not of varying quality and helpfulness. Much isn't very helpful, isn't very thorough, or is very tied to one tradition vis a vis all the others. Others can be helpful depending on your own background that the folks whose lives you need to speak into. At the risk of starting a debate, I'll stop there.

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Evan Boardman | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jan 27 2013 2:13 PM

John Owen would be my first source! Big Smile

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Paul N | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jan 27 2013 3:11 PM

Michael Kinch:
I am interested in both Logos...

 

We used Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen's Pneumatology: The Holy Spirit in Ecumenical, International, and Contextual Perspective as one of three texts in a seminary class on the Holy Spirit, currently in Pre Pub as a part of the Baker Academic Theological Studies Collection (15 vols.).

As one reviewer points out:

"...Pentecostals and charismatics will find it particularly helpful, as Kärkkäinen keeps many of their distinctive concerns in view."

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Matthew | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jan 27 2013 4:46 PM

He Who Gives Life: The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit looks like an interesting book on the Holy Spirit it is available in Vyrso.

http://vyrso.com/product/14448/he-who-gives-life-the-doctrine-of-the-holy-spirit

 

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Sacrifice | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jan 27 2013 6:46 PM

Not all in L.5, but

Doctrine of the Holy Spirit by George Smeaton, 

The Work Of the Holy Spirit by Abraham Kuyper,  Volume IV of John Owen's works (check me on this  ... memory),  Volume VI of Thomas Goodwin's works (check me on this),  The Office and Work of the Holy Spirit by James Buchanan,  The Work of the Spirit by Octavious Winslow,  Holy-Spirit-Contours-Christian-Theology by Sinclair Ferguson,  The Holy Spirit by Gorden H. Clark,  The Holy Spirit by Arthur W. Pink,  A Theology of the Holy Spirit by F. D. Bruner,  The Gifts of the Holy Spirit to Unbelievers and Believers: C. R. Vaughan,  The Baptism and Fullness of the Holy Spirit by John Stott,  Showing the Spirit by D. A. Carson,  Keep in Step with The Spirit by J. I. Packer,  The Centrality of the Holy Spirit in Reformed Theology: A Robust Pneumatology. By Shane Lems (See The Confessional Presbyterian),  PCA Historical Center: PCA Pastoral Letter on the Expeience of the Holy Spirit in the Church Today (1975)


 

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Steven Langella | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 28 2013 8:30 AM

 

as 5 Solas above recommended  Doctrine of the Holy Spirit by George Smeaton is a good pick.

Here is another that I found to be an excellent book.

 "God's Indwelling Presence: The Holy Spirit in the Old Testament by James M. Hamilton.

Oh,  and we can't forget "Good Morning Holy Spirit" by Benny Hinn Big Smile  LOL! 

 

 

 

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David Thomas | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 28 2013 11:37 AM

The Gift of Prophecy by Wayne Grudem is a good read on the "sign" gifts.

http://www.amazon.com/Word-Power-Church-Douglas-Banister/dp/0310242673 is a good resource for finding points of agreement where some traditions have tended to be exclusive of other traditions.

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Mark Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 28 2013 12:15 PM

Michael Kinch:
“God's Indwelling Presence: The Holy Spirit in the Old and New Testaments” by James M. Hamilton Jr. 

I have this and was pretty disappointed in it. Here's an excerpt to tell you what to expect:

While the Gospel of John nowhere addresses the question of how Old Testament saints became and remained faithful, the question is implicit in the Gospel itself. If the Spirit is not received until Jesus is exalted (7:39), what did Jesus mean when He told Nicodemus that he must be born of “water and spirit” (3:5)?4 When we examine the biblical material that reflects what comes before and after the events recorded in the Fourth Gospel, this question becomes yet more vivid. The Old Testament does say that some have the Spirit (see e.g., Num 27:18), but it is by no means clear that this is the experience of every member of the old covenant remnant. The New Testament, on the other hand, indicates that the Spirit regenerates and indwells all believers (see Rom 8:9–11).
At the appropriate point in this study I will seek to elucidate the distinctions between regeneration and indwelling seen in John’s Gospel (see chap. six). Based on the conclusions reached there, I will use the word regeneration to refer to God’s work of granting to humans the ability to hear, understand, believe, obey, and enter the kingdom. The New Testament’s metaphor of “new birth” matches the Old Testament’s metaphor of “heart circumcision.” That is, I take circumcision of the heart to be the same experience as regeneration (Rom 2:29; Col 2:11–13). Apart from the enablement God gives in regeneration, men remain slaves of sin (John 8:34) and of the Devil (8:44), or as Paul puts it, dead in trespasses and sins (Eph 2:1; Col 2:13). I will use indwelling, on the other hand, to refer to God’s abiding, positive, covenant presence in believers through the Spirit. This book seeks to understand and articulate the role of the Holy Spirit in the faithfulness of believers who live both before and after the exaltation of Jesus. This exercise in biblical theology will focus largely on the Gospel of John because it has so much to say on this question.5
John’s Gospel, I believe, teaches that the continual indwelling of the Holy Spirit began to take place only after Jesus completed the work that the Father gave Him to do (17:4). When I first began to pursue this question, because of the Bible’s clear teaching on mankind’s sinful state (e.g., Gen 6:5; Jer 17:9; John 8:34; Rom 3:10–18), I was convinced that saving faith requires both regeneration and indwelling by the Holy Spirit. I have concluded, however, that in the absence of a clear affirmation in the Old Testament that the Spirit continually dwelt in the hearts of believers, passages such as John 7:39; 14:17; and 16:7 will not permit us to say that the Holy Spirit dwelt in ordinary members of the old covenant remnant on an individual basis.
What does the Bible say about how the Spirit relates to believers before and after the glorification of Jesus? I believe this question is answered by Jesus’ statement in John 14:17: “He is with you, and he will be in you.”6 Here Jesus encapsulates the Bible’s teaching on God’s dwelling in relation to believers in the old and new covenants. In the old covenant God faithfully remained with His people, accompanying them in a pillar of fire and cloud, then dwelling among them in the tabernacle and the temple. Under the new covenant, the only temple is the believing community itself, and God dwells not only among the community corporately (Matt 18:20; 1 Cor 3:16; 2 Cor 6:16), but also in each member individually (John 14:17; Rom 8:9–11; 1 Cor 6:19). This is the overarching thesis this book seeks to establish.


James M. Hamilton, Jr., God’s Indwelling Presence: The Holy Spirit in the Old & New Testaments (Nashville, TN: B&H Academic, 2006), 2-3.

Pastor, North Park Baptist Church

Bridgeport, CT USA

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Vernon Taylor | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 13 2015 9:00 AM

I appreciate the way u explianed this its amazing ive read some holy logos scripts but also the gnosis translations on the book of John and cant agree more .... 

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GregW | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 13 2015 9:25 AM

Ken McGuire:
Fee's study God's Empowering Presence is great for the letters of Paul...

And here's the link to it in the Logos store. 


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Paul Yeager | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 13 2015 3:52 PM

It would be wonderful to see this book on the Holy Spirit make it out of pre-pub:

https://www.logos.com/product/50160/a-theology-of-the-holy-spirit-the-pentecostal-experience-and-the-new-testament-witness

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Michael Kinch | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 13 2015 7:14 PM

Paul Yeager:

It would be wonderful to see this book on the Holy Spirit make it out of pre-pub:

https://www.logos.com/product/50160/a-theology-of-the-holy-spirit-the-pentecostal-experience-and-the-new-testament-witness

 Is this written from a Pentecostal or Reformed perspective?

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Paul Yeager | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 14 2015 9:26 AM

Reformed.

Bruner has written major commentaries on Matthew and John as well.  These are highly recommended and available in Logos already.

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Bohuslav Wojnar | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 14 2015 10:18 AM

One of the classics from the Pentecostal perspective is The Charismatic Theology of St. Luke: Trajectories from the Old Testament to Luke–Acts from Canadian Pentecostal theologian Roger Stronstad.

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Stephen Terlizzi | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 14 2015 5:48 PM

I agree...Fee's study on the Holy Spirit in the Letters of Paul is an excellent resource.

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