The Holy Spirit remains an afterthought to the bulk of our theological inquiry and receives, in Kuyper’s own words, “a scant portion of our piety.” All professing Christians acknowledge the work of the Holy Spirit in one way or another, and great works have been written on the Spirit’s role in justification and sanctification, regeneration, the anointing of the Spirit, the intercession of the Spirit—and since Kuyper’s lifetime, on the gifts of the Spirit such as speaking in tongues. Nearly all of these treatises expand the Church’s understanding of the Holy Spirit, and nearly every one conforms to orthodox Christianity. Yet all remain deficient, because their scope is too narrow: Various groups of Christians and denominations grasp the Spirit’s work so differently from one another that all fail to see the Holy Spirit’s work in its entirety.
In this classic Reformed approach in The Work of the Holy Spirit, Kuyper attempts to address the theological and doctrinal shortcomings regarding the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. His pneumatology is biblically comprehensive, theologically expansive, and ecclesiastically faithful.
The Work of the Holy Spirit includes a lengthy introduction by B. B. Warfield.
The reader will not fail to perceive the depth of [Abraham Kuyper’s] insight, the breadth of his outlook, the thoroughness of his method, the comprehensiveness of his survey, the intensity of his conviction, the eloquence of his language, the directness of his style, the pith and wealth of his illustrations, the force, completeness, and winningness of his presentation.
—B. B. Warfield