Work of the Holy Spirit
by David Engelsma and Herman
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The Person of the Holy Spirit
The Outpouring of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit and the Covenant of Grace
The Spirit as the Spirit of Truth
The Holy Spirit and Assurance
The Holy Spirit and the Church
The Out-Flowing Spirit of Jesus
The Bride’s Prayer for the Bridegroom’s Coming
British Reformed Fellowship
"My Father worketh hitherto, and I work," Jesus once
declared to the unbelieving Jews at a feast in Jerusalem (John 5:17).
Everything that the Father works, He works through the Son. In fact, the
Father always works through the Son
and in the Holy Spirit. This is the glory and beauty of the Triune
God, always at peace and rest, and always working.
This book, The Work of the Holy Spirit,
develops a worthy theme. In the Bible, we read of the Spirit working
from the very first chapter (Gen. 1:2) to the very last (Rev. 22:17). He
wrought the creation (Gen. 1:2) and He has been working "hitherto" (cf.
Before the world was or, more accurately, in the
timeless Trinitarian God, the "eternal Spirit" (Heb. 9:17) is the
perfect, personal bond of love between the Father and the Son. To the
Holy Ghost is ascribed the blessed work of searching "the deep things of
[the Triune] God" (I Cor. 2:10).
The hidden wisdom of God in Jesus Christ (I Cor.
2:5-10) is now "revealed" to us by the Spirit (v. 10; cf. vv. 11-16) in
the Scriptures God breathed forth by the Spirit (II Tim. 3:16).
Moreover, "the Spirit of truth" (John 14:17) is active in faithful
saints and churches illuminating us so that we understand the Word by
faith (Eph. 3:17-18).
Nothing, and no one, less than the Holy Spirit
Himself has been working through the preparing and delivering of the
eight speeches on the Holy Spirit’s work which are now the eight
chapters of this book. Here is biblical, creedal and soul-refreshing
teaching that honours the Holy Spirit who glorifies Jesus Christ and,
thereby, the Triune God (John 16:13-15). May the Spirit bless to the
hearts of the readers this book which explains and applies the biblical
truth of His work!
A word about the origin of this book. Part I contains
the six main lectures by Profs. David Engelsma and Herman Hanko at the
tenth biennial British Reformed Fellowship (BRF) Family Conference at
the Share Centre on Upper Lough Erne in Co. Fermanagh, N. Ireland
(August, 2008). Part II consists of the two Lord’s Day sermons at this
conference by the same two brethren. The members of the BRF decided to
include these two addresses in this book because they further develop
aspects of the Holy Spirit and His work.
One of the chapters is significantly longer than the
rest: "The Holy Spirit and Assurance." Given the erroneous and harmful
teaching of many conservative Presbyterian and Reformed men, past and
present, Prof. Engelsma developed and expanded this lecture for the
written page. This more detailed and polemical chapter adds to the value
of the book and, we trust, will bring many to greater consolation in the
gospel of Christ through the work of the Comforter!
Thus we send forth The Work of the Holy Spirit
to the reading public. It is a worthy addition to the two previous BRF
publications by Profs. Hanko and Engelsma: Keeping God’s Covenant
(2006) and The Five Points of Calvinism (2008).
The special lecture on "Charismaticism" which I gave
at the BRF Conference on "The Work of the Holy Spirit" will be
published, God-willing, in a future issue of the British Reformed
Journal (BRJ). For information about the BRJ (and the
BRF), see the Appendix, "About the British Reformed Fellowship."
"The grace of
the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the
Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen" (II Cor. 13:14).
"Thank you so much for The Work of the Holy Spirit
... The book is already being a blessing." - Halifax,