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The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today

May it be that none of us shall fail to receive what God has so generously promised.





1 Karl Barth in his Evangelical Theology: An Introduction (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1963): Chapter 5, on “The Spirit,” writes of how “a foolish church pre­supposes his presence and action in its own existence, in its offices and sacraments, ordinations, consecrations and absolutions . . a presupposed Spirit is certainly not the Holy Spirit” (p. 58). Thereafter Barth adds: “Only where the Spirit is sighed. cried, and prayed for does he become present and newly active.” So it is with the gift of the Holy Spirit.

2 Professor Hendrikus Berkhof in his book, The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit (Richmond, VA: John Knox Press, 1964) speaks in one place of a work of the Holy Spirit “beyond justification and sanctification,” namely, being “filled with the Holy Spirit,” to which “official theology” has paid little attention (p. 85). He thereupon devotes a few pages (pp. 85-92) to the subject, prefacing his remarks by saying, “I am aware of the fact that I set foot on an unexplored field and that my thoughts here . . . must be considered as preliminary and needing correction by others” (p. 85). This present book, as well as my two earlier ones, The Era of the Spirit and The Pentecostal Reality, are attempts to open up this “unexplored field.”




Books Referred to in This Volume

Allen, Roland. The Ministry of the Spirit. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 1960.

Arndt & Gingrich. A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature. University of Chicago Press, 1957.

Baillie, John. Our Knowledge of God. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1939.

Barth, Karl. Evangelical Theology: An Introduction. New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1963.

Basham, Don. Face Up With a Miracle. Northridge, California: Voice Chris­tian Publications, 1967.

Basham, Don. Deliver Us From Evil. Washington Depot, Connecticut: Chosen Books, 1972.

Bennett, Dennis. Nine O’Clock in the Morning. Plainfield, New Jersey: Logos, 1970.

Bernard, Sister Mary. I Leap for Jay. Plainfield, New Jersey: Logos, 1974.

Berkhof, Hendrikus. The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit. Richmond, Virginia: John Knox Press, 1964.

Bixler, Russell. It Can Happen to Anybody. Monroeville, Pennsylvania: Whitaker Books, n.d.

Bredesen, Harald. Yes, Lord. Plainfield, New Jersey: Logos, 1972.

Brown, James H. Presbyterians and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. “Signs, Wonders, and Miracles.” Los Angeles: Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellow­ship International, 1963.

Bruce, F.F. The New International Commentary on the New Testament: Commentary on the Book of Acts. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 1954.

Bruner, F.D. A Theology of the Holy Spirit. Grand Rapids. Michigan: Eerdmans, 1970.

Brunner, Emil. The Christian Doctrine of the Church, Faith, and the Consum­mation: Dogmatics. Vol. III. Philadelphia, Westminster Press, 1960.

Brunner, Peter. Worship in the Name of Jesus. St. Louis: Concordia, 1968.

Cambridge Greek Testament. CambridgeUniversity Press, 1914.

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About the Author: J. Rodman Williams (1918-2008), Ph.D., is considered to be the father of renewal theology. He served as a chaplain in the Second World War, he was a church pastor, college professor, and key figure in the charismatic movement of the 1960s. Beginning in 1982, he taught theology at Regent University School of Divinity in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and became Professor of Renewal Theology Emeritus there in 2002. Author of numerous books, he is perhaps best known for his three volume Renewal Theology (Zondervan, 1996).

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