The Holy Spirit is often treated as either a dry doctrine for our mouths to recite or raw power to ignite our emotions. Geoff Thomas shows us that the Holy Spirit is both infinitely glorious and intensely personal. Neither a theory nor a force, the Spirit is God and acts as God in gathering a people to Himself. This book follows the scriptural revelation of the Spirit from Genesis, to Pentecost, to today, covering such topics as his personality and deity, his inspiration and anointing in the Old Testament, his conviction and regeneration, the spiritual gifts, putting to death sinful deeds by the Spirit, his sealing, and spiritual revival. It will help believers to know how much the Spirit of God loves them, and will help them to love the Spirit with all their hearts—and with him, the whole triune God. It may also help unbelievers to begin to thirst for the living water which they desperately need.
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Dr. Geoff Thomas has here given us a book on the theme of the Holy Spirit, which, unlike so many recent books on this subject, can be trusted. As a pastor of many years experience he brings the subject to his readers with vivacity, illustration, and attention to theological accuracy. It will show us what our churches today need and yet not do so by glamorizing the past. It deserves to be widely read.
—Maurice Roberts, author, The Thought of God
Jonathan Edwards rightly believed that the Father's great gift to the church is the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of his beloved Son. How sad then that many sectors of professing Christianity failed to understand him in the past century: liberals because they no longer believed the truth about God; Pentecostals and charismatics because they forgot that the coming of the Spirit ever sheds light in the mind; and evangelicals and reformed believers because they feared to be accused of fanaticism. For a variety of reasons, this situation with regards to evangelical and Reformed Christians is changing for the better and that partly because of solid biblical reflection on the blessed Holy Spirit like this new work by the Welsh pastor Geoff Thomas. Pastor Thomas comes from a tradition that has always honored the Spirit and longed for his power. Pastor Thomas, though, is also deeply rooted in biblical truth and rightly wary of experience that is not intangibly tied to the Bible, which, it goes without saying, is the creation of the Spirit himself. I hope this important meditation on the Spirit gets a wide hearing, for there is much biblical wisdom here.
—Michael A. G. Haykin, professor of church history and biblical spirituality, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Geoff Thomas has been pastor of Alfred Place Baptist Church in Wales for over 40 years. He studied at the University College of Cardiff and Westminster Theological Seminary. He is visiting professor of historical theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary.