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The Person and Work of The Holy Spirit

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The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Person and Work of The Holy Spirit by R. A. Torrey This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at http://www.gutenberg.org/license Title: The Person and Work of The Holy Spirit Author: R. A. Torrey Release Date: October 13, 2009 [Ebook 30241] Language: English ***START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT*** The Person and Work of The Holy Spirit As Revealed in the Scriptures And in Personal Experience By R. A. Torrey Fleming H. Revell Company New York, Chicago, Toronto, London and Edinburgh Copyright 1910, by R. A. Torrey Contents Chapter I. The Personality of the Holy Spirit. . . . . . . . 2 II. The Deity of the Holy Spirit. . . . . . . . . . . 16 Chapter III. The Distinction of the Holy Spirit from the Father and from His Son, Jesus Christ. . . . . . . . . . 22 Chapter IV. The Subordination of the Spirit to the Father and to the Son. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Chapter V. The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit as Revealed in His Names. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Chapter VI. The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Material Universe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Chapter VII. The Holy Spirit Convicting the World of Sin, of Righteousness and of Judgment. . . . . . . . . . . .
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Contents

ChapterI.ThePersonalityoftheHolySpirit........2
ChapterII.TheDeityoftheHolySpirit...........16
ChapterIII.TheDistinctionoftheHolySpiritfromthe
FatherandfromHisSon,JesusChrist..........22
ChapterIV.TheSubordinationoftheSpirittotheFather
andtotheSon.......................24
ChapterV.ThePersonandWorkoftheHolySpiritas
RevealedinHisNames..................26
ChapterVI.TheWorkoftheHolySpiritintheMaterial
Universe.........................55
ChaopfteRrigVhItIe.oTuhseneHsoslyanSdpiorfitJuCdognvmiectnit.ng.th.e.W.o.rl.d.of.S.in.,.58
ChapterVIII.TheHolySpiritBearingWitnesstoJesus
Christ...........................68
ChapterIX.TheRegeneratingWorkoftheHolySpirit...73
ChapterX.TheIndwellingSpiritFullyandForeverSatis-
fying...........................80
ChaFprtoermtXhIe.PTohweerHooflyInSdpwireiltlinSgettSiinng.t.h.e.B.eli.e.ve.r.F.re.e.85
ChapterXII.TheHolySpiritFormingChristWithinUs..90
ChalpietevrerXCIIhIr.isTtlhikeeHGorlayceSspiorfitCBhrairnagcitnerg.F.o.rt.h.in.t.he.B.e.-.94
ChapterXIV.TheHolySpiritGuidingtheBelieverIntoa
LifeasaSon.......................97
ChapterXV.TheHolySpiritBearingWitnesstoourSonship.101
ChapterXVI.TheHolySpiritasaTeacher.........105
ChaipnttehreXHVoIlIy.SPpriaryiti.ng.,.R.et.ur.ni.ng..Th.a.nk.s,..W.or.sh.ip.pi.n.g.114

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ChapterXVIII.TheHolySpiritSendingMenForthto
DefiniteLinesofWork..................
ChapterXIX.TheHolySpiritandtheBeliever'sBody...
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Apostles..........................
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ChapterI.ThePersonalityofthe
HolySpirit.

BeforeonecancorrectlyunderstandtheworkoftheHolySpirit,
hemustfirstofallknowtheSpiritHimself.Afrequentsource
oferrorandfanaticismabouttheworkoftheHolySpiritisthe
attempttostudyandunderstandHisworkwithoutfirstofall
comingtoknowHimasaPerson.
Itisofthehighestimportancefromthestandpointofworship
thatwedecidewhethertheHolySpiritisaDivinePerson,
worthytoreceiveouradoration,ourfaith,ourlove,andour
entiresurrendertoHimself,orwhetheritissimplyaninfluence
emanatingfromGodorapoweroranilluminationthatGod
impartstous.IftheHolySpiritisaperson,andaDivinePerson,
andwedonotknowHimassuch,thenwearerobbingaDivine
Beingoftheworshipandthefaithandtheloveandthesurrender
toHimselfwhichareHisdue.
Itisalsoofthehighestimportancefromthepracticalstandpoint
thatwedecidewhethertheHolySpiritismerelysomemysterious
andwonderfulpowerthatweinourweaknessandignoranceare
somehowtogetholdofanduse,orwhethertheHolySpiritisa
realPerson,infinitelyholy,infinitelywise,infinitelymightyand
infinitelytenderwhoistogetholdofanduseus.Theformer
conceptionisutterlyheathenish,notessentiallydifferentfrom
thethoughtoftheAfricanfetichworshipperwhohashisgod
whomheuses.ThelatterconceptionissublimeandChristian.If
wethinkoftheHolySpiritassomanydoasmerelyapoweror
influence,ourconstantthoughtwillbe,HowcanIgetmoreof
theHolySpirit,butifwethinkofHimintheBiblicalwayas
aDivinePerson,ourthoughtwillratherbe,HowcantheHoly

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Spirithavemoreofme?TheconceptionoftheHolySpiritas
aDivineinfluenceorpowerthatwearesomehowtogetholdof
anduse,leadstoself-exaltationandself-sufficiency.Onewho
sothinksoftheHolySpiritandwhoatthesametimeimagines
thathehasreceivedtheHolySpiritwillalmostinevitablybe
fullofspiritualprideandstrutaboutasifhebelongedtosome
superiororderofChristians.Onefrequentlyhearssuchpersons
say,IamaHolyGhostman,orIamaHolyGhostwoman.
ButifweoncegraspthethoughtthattheHolySpiritisaDivine
Personofinfinitemajesty,gloryandholinessandpower,who
inmarvellouscondescensionhascomeintoourheartstomake
Hisabodethereandtakepossessionofourlivesandmakeuse
ofthem,itwillputusinthedustandkeepusinthedust.Ican
thinkofnothoughtmorehumblingormoreoverwhelmingthan
thethoughtthatapersonofDivinemajestyandglorydwellsin
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myheartandisreadytouseevenme.
Itisofthehighestimportancefromthestandpointof
experiencethatweknowtheHolySpiritasaperson.Thousands
andtensofthousandsofmenandwomencantestifytothe
blessingthathascomeintotheirownlivesastheyhavecome
toknowtheHolySpirit,notmerelyasagraciousinfluence
(emanating,itistrue,fromGod)butasarealPerson,justas
realasJesusChristHimself,anever-present,lovingFriendand
mightyHelper,whoisnotonlyalwaysbytheirsidebutdwellsin
theirhearteverydayandeveryhourandwhoisreadytoundertake
forthemineveryemergencyoflife.Thousandsofministers,
ChristianworkersandChristiansinthehumblestspheresof
lifehavespokentome,orwrittentome,ofthecomplete
transformationoftheirChristianexperiencethatcametothem
whentheygraspedthethought(notmerelyinatheological,but
inanexperimentalway)thattheHolySpiritwasaPersonand
consequentlycametoknowHim.
ThereareatleastfourdistinctlinesofproofintheBiblethat
theHolySpiritisaperson.

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I.
Allthedistinctivecharacteristicsofpersonalityareascribed
totheHolySpiritintheBible.
Whatarethedistinctivecharacteristics,ormarks,of
personality?Knowledge,feelingoremotion,andwill.Any
entitythatthinksandfeelsandwillsisaperson.Whenwesay
thattheHolySpiritisaperson,therearethosewhounderstand
ustomeanthattheHolySpirithashandsandfeetandeyesand
earsandmouth,andsoon,butthesearenotthecharacteristics
ofpersonalitybutofcorporeity.Allofthesecharacteristicsor
marksofpersonalityarerepeatedlyascribedtotheHolySpirit
intheOldandNewTestaments.Wereadin1Cor.ii.10,11,
ButGodhathrevealedthemuntousbyHisSpirit:fortheSpirit
searchethallthings,yea,thedeepthingsofGod.Forwhatman
knoweththethingsofaman,savethespiritofmanwhichisin
him?evensothethingsofGodknowethnoman,buttheSpirit
ofGod.HereknowledgeisascribedtotheHolySpirit.Weare
clearlytaughtthattheHolySpiritisnotmerelyaninfluencethat
illuminatesourmindstocomprehendthetruthbutaBeingwho
Himselfknowsthetruth.
In1Cor.xii.11,weread,Butalltheseworkeththatoneand
theselfsameSpirit,dividingtoeverymanseverallyas
Hewill
.
HerewillisascribedtotheSpiritandwearetaughtthattheHoly
Spiritisnotapowerthatwegetholdofanduseaccordingtoour
willbutaPersonofsovereignmajesty,whousesusaccording
toHiswill.Thisdistinctionisoffundamentalimportancein
ourgettingintorightrelationswiththeHolySpirit.Itisatthis
verypointthatmanyhonestseekersafterpowerandefficiency
inservicegoastray.Theyarereachingoutafterandstrugglingto
getpossessionofsomemysteriousandmightypowerthatthey
canmakeuseofintheirworkaccordingtotheirownwill.They
willnevergetpossessionofthepowertheyseekuntiltheycome
torecognizethatthereisnotsomeDivinepowerforthemtoget
holdofanduseintheirblindnessandignorancebutthatthere
isaPerson,infinitelywise,aswellasinfinitelymighty,whois

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willingtotakepossessionofthemandusethemaccordingtoHis
ownperfectwill.Whenwestoptothinkofit,wemustrejoice
thatthereisnoDivinepowerthatbeingssoignorantasweare,
soliabletoerr,togetholdofanduse.Howappallingmightbe
theresultsiftherewere.Butwhataholyjoymustcomeintoour
heartswhenwegraspthethoughtthatthereisaDivinePerson,
Onewhonevererrs,whoiswillingtotakepossessionofusand
imparttoussuchgiftsasHeseesbestandtouseusaccordingto
Hiswiseandlovingwill.
WereadinRom.viii.27,AndHethatsearcheththehearts
knowethwhatis
themindoftheSpirit
,becauseHemaketh
intercessionforthesaintsaccordingtothewillofGod.Inthis
passagemindisascribedtotheHolySpirit.TheGreekword
translatedmindisacomprehensiveword,includingtheideas
ofthought,feelingandpurpose.Itisthesamethatisusedin
Rom.viii.7wherewereadthatthecarnalmindisenmity
againstGod:foritisnotsubjecttothelawofGod,neitherindeed
canbe.Sotheninthispassagewehaveallthedistinctivemarks
ofpersonalityascribedtotheHolySpirit.
WefindthepersonalityoftheHolySpiritbroughtoutina
mosttouchingandsuggestivewayinRom.xv.30,NowI
beseechyou,brethren,fortheLordJesusChrist'ssake,andfor
the
loveoftheSpirit
,thatyestrivetogetherwithmeinyour
prayerstoGodforme.Herewehave
love
ascribedtothe
HolySpirit.Thereaderwoulddowelltostopandponderthose
fivewords,
theloveoftheSpirit
.Wedwelloftenuponthe
loveofGodtheFather.Itisthesubjectofourdailyandconstant
thought.WedwelloftenupontheloveofJesusChristtheSon.
WhowouldthinkofcallinghimselfaChristianwhopasseda
daywithoutmeditatingontheloveofhisSaviour,buthowoften
havewemeditatedupon
theloveoftheSpirit
?Eachdayof
ourlives,ifwearelivingasChristiansought,wekneeldown
inthepresenceofGodtheFatherandlookupintoHisfaceand
say,IthankThee,Father,forThygreatlovethatledTheeto

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giveThineonlybegottenSontodieuponthecrossofCalvary
forme.Eachdayofourliveswealsolookupintothefaceof
ourLordandSaviour,JesusChrist,andsay,Oh,Thouglorious
LordandSaviour,JesusThouSonofGod,IthankTheeforThy
greatlovethatledTheenottocountitathingtobegraspedtobe
onequalitywithGodbuttoemptyThyselfandforsakingallthe
gloryofheaven,comedowntoearthwithallitsshameandto
takemysinsuponThyselfanddieinmyplaceuponthecrossof
Calvary.ButhowoftendowekneelandsaytotheHolySpirit,
Oh,ThoueternalandinfiniteSpiritofGod,IthankTheefor
ThygreatlovethatledTheetocomeintothisworldofsinand
darknessandtoseekmeoutandtofollowmesopatientlyuntil
ThoudidstbringmetoseemyutterruinandneedofaSaviour
andtorevealtomemyLordandSaviour,JesusChrist,asjustthe
SaviourwhomIneed.Yetweoweoursalvationjustastrulyto
theloveoftheSpiritaswedototheloveoftheFatherandthe
loveoftheSon.IfithadnotbeenfortheloveofGodtheFather
lookingdownuponmeinmyutterruinandprovidingaperfect
atonementformeinthedeathofHisownSononthecrossof
Calvary,Iwouldhavebeeninhellto-day.Ifithadnotbeen
fortheloveofJesusChrist,theeternalWordofGod,looking
uponmeinmyutterruinandinobediencetotheFather,putting
asideallthegloryofheavenforalltheshameofearthandtaking
myplace,theplaceofthecurse,uponthecrossofCalvaryand
pouringoutHislifeutterlyforme,Iwouldhavebeeninhell
to-day.ButifithadnotbeenfortheloveoftheHolySpirit,sent
bytheFatherinanswertotheprayeroftheSon(Johnxiv.16)
leadingHimtoseekmeoutinmyutterblindnessandruinand
tofollowmedayafterday,weekafterweek,andyearafteryear,
whenIpersistentlyturnedadeafeartoHispleadings,following
methroughpathsofsinwhereitmusthavebeenagonyforthat
holyOnetogo,untilatlastIlistenedandHeopenedmyeyes
toseemyutterruinandthenrevealedJesustomeasjustthe
Saviourthatwouldmeetmyeveryneedandthenenabledmeto

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