“Before one can correctly understand the work of the Holy Spirit, he must first of all know the Spirit Himself.” The first line of The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit, R. A. Torrey provides a powerful explanation of the Holy Spirit, and why the Holy Spirit “is a divine person, worthy to receive our adoration, our faith, our love, and our entire surrender to Himself.”
“It is that the Spirit is the outbreathing of God, His inmost life going forth in a personal form to quicken. When we receive the Holy Spirit, we receive the inmost life of God Himself to dwell in a personal way in us.” (Page 40)
“II. Many acts that only a Person can perform are ascribed to the Holy Spirit.” (Page 16)
“A man may be regenerated by the Holy Spirit and still not be baptized with the Holy Spirit. In regeneration, there is the impartation of life by the Spirit’s power, and the one who receives it is saved: in the baptism with the Holy Spirit, there is the impartation of power, and the one who receives it is fitted for service.” (Page 176)
“the baptism with the Holy Spirit is always connected with, and primarily for the purpose of testimony and service.” (Page 179)
“III. An office is predicated of the Holy Spirit that can only be predicated of a person.” (Page 20)
Reuben Archer Torrey (1856–1928) was an American evangelist, pastor, educator, and writer. Torrey studied at Yale University, Yale Divinity School, Leipzig University, Erlangen University and received a doctorate degree from Wheaton College.
Soon after becoming a congregational minister, Torrey joined Dwight L. Moody in his evangelistic work in Chicago. Torrey became the superintendent of the Bible Institute of the Chicago Evangelization Society (now Moody Bible Institute).
He later became pastor of the Chicago Avenue Church (now the Moody Church). Torrey later served as a chaplain with the YMCA and dean of the Bible Institute of Los Angeles (now Biola University).
Torrey authored over 40 books in his lifetime. The classic four-volume set The Fundamentals includes over 90 articles by leading Christian scholars. The R. A. Torrey Collection features 15 titles of biblical doctrine and teaching from Torrey.