The Holy Spirit has worked in the lives of believers since creation. He has been bringing people to repentance, comforting the broken-hearted, guiding the faithful and helping Christians to pray. The story of the church is His story too. Despite this pivotal role, there is much debate in the church over the nature of His activity in our lives. This book clarifies the Holy Spirit's character and work, enabling the person leading a bible study or preaching to teach authoritatively about him: maintaining a healthy, vibrant church that honors God in unity—in spirit and truth. David Jackman has produced a work that will be of immense help to Christians who seek to gain more of an understanding of how the Holy Spirit moves in our lives.
“‘ruach’ theme also develops into the idea of the inspiration of the Word of God, as when Paul reminds Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:16 that ‘all Scripture is God-breathed’, which is a very literal translation. What we call ‘inspiration’ is actually God breathing out the thoughts of His mind in the words of revelation, and this is necessarily the activity of the divine Spirit, for ‘no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God’ (1 Cor. 2:11).” (Page 12)
“This aspect reminds us that the Spirit is an irresistible gale, to which we must trim our sails if we are to experience God’s dynamic ability in Christian life and service.” (Page 12)
“The work of the Holy Spirit is to bring me to an end of myself and my imagined self-sufficiency, living for number one” (Page 56)
“A key verse in his argument is 1 Corinthians 12:3, ‘No-one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord’, except by the Holy Spirit.’ He is not thinking of merely mouthing the words, of course, but of a meaningful personal confession of belief, which constituted the earliest Christian creed.” (Page 15)
“I will ask the Father and he will give you another Counsellor to be with you for ever—the Spirit of truth’ (John 14:16–17).” (Page 18)
In a topic usually known more for its disagreements, Jackman steers a sure-footed course through the main lines of thought about the Holy Spirit. Every Christian should be a theologian of the Holy Spirit and this book will greatly help us in this goal. It carries us along, with skillful and pastoral insight, to a greater appreciation for the third Person of the Trinity.
—Derek Thomas, Professor of Systematic and Practical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi