Often the most misunderstood and ignored member of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit deserves our attention and understanding. In He Who Gives Life: The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit, author Graham Cole provides a comprehensive theology of the Holy Spirit. Cole illustrates the ultimate selflessness of the Holy Spirit as the member of the Trinity who always works for the glory of God the Father and God the Son and the good of the saints. A superb theology of the Holy Spirit, this book is ideal for pastors, teachers, and students of theology.
“[A]gain he appoints a certain day, ‘Today,’ saying [legōn, present participle] through David …” (Page 267)
“The great topic of discussion and debate in the Patristic era concerned the ontology of the Spirit in relation to the essential Trinity rather than the work of the Spirit in the economy (administration) of salvation. Was the Spirit as much God as the Father is God and as the Son is God?” (Page 29)
“The Holy Spirit may be prayed to. The Spirit, after all, is God. And yet, the Holy Spirit is not to be prayed to in such a way as to displace the mediatorship of Christ as our great High Priest. In fact, if our regular prayer practice is to pray to the Father in the name of the Son in dependence upon the Spirit, then such praying exhibits the very structure of the gospel: the Father’s sending of the Son, the Father’s and the Son’s sending of the Spirit of the Son, and our response through the one mediator between God and humankind.” (Page 87)
“The great desideratum in biblical religion as positively presented in the OT is not contemplation, as though reason were the essence of humanity. Rather the great accent falls on praxis. God is to be believed and obeyed. Moses is not Plato with a Hebrew voice.” (Pages 44–45)
“‘If you are a theologian, you truly pray. If you truly pray, you are a theologian.’” (Page 33)