The Work of the Holy Spirit

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After three-quarters of a century, Dr. Abraham Kuyper's exhaustive study of the work of the Holy Spirit -- now available for the first time in a paperback edition -- still stands undiminished as a comprehensive Protestant statement about a central but much-misunderstood part of the Christian faith.

"I have made an effort," Dr. Kuyper writes in his preface, "to represent the work of the Holy Spirit in its organic relations, so that the reader may survey the entire domain. And in surveying, who is not surprised at ...

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Overview

After three-quarters of a century, Dr. Abraham Kuyper's exhaustive study of the work of the Holy Spirit -- now available for the first time in a paperback edition -- still stands undiminished as a comprehensive Protestant statement about a central but much-misunderstood part of the Christian faith.

"I have made an effort," Dr. Kuyper writes in his preface, "to represent the work of the Holy Spirit in its organic relations, so that the reader may survey the entire domain. And in surveying, who is not surprised at the ever-widening dimensions of the work of the Holy Spirit in all the things that pertain to God and man?"

The 123 brief sections that make up this work first appeared in the Heraut, a Dutch religious weekly of which Dr. Kuyper served as editor. So it is that this profound exposition is lucidly written in the language of the ordinary people for whose spiritual growth he was deeply concerned.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781407705507
  • Publisher: HardPress Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/10/2012
  • Pages: 716
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Abraham Kuyper - (1837-1920), Dutch Calvinist statesman and theologian
Widely recognized as historian, theologian, philosopher, writer, and professor-educator, Kuyper was born in Maassluis, the son of a State Church (Reformed) pastor, later to accompany his family to the university town of Leyden, where his father accepted a charge. In 1862 Kuyper was awarded the doctor of theology from Leyden University. Having fully embraced orthodox Calvinism, Kuyper held pastorates in Utrecht, Amsterdam, and elsewhere. Prompted by his interest in the legitimacy of private schools, he became affiliated with the Anti-Revolutionary Party (opposition to godless revolution and support for the Word of God and its implications for life), ultimately becoming its head. He edited a weekly De Heraut (The Herald), "for a free church and a free church school in a free land," as well as a daily party organ, De Standaard (The Standard).

Beginning in 1874, Kuyper served repeatedly as a member of one or the other of the two houses of the Netherlands' legislature. He continued to champion the recognition of private education (common and higher) by government. On October 20, 1880, through the work of Kuyper and cofounders, the Amsterdam Free University was opened, dedicated to a Calvinistic orientation, a tribute to Kuyper's persistence in striving for the right of private higher education in the Netherlands.

In 1886 he led the break from the State Church, establishing the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands. Kampen became the seminary of the denomination. Kuyper's close association with Herman Bavinck, professor of systematic theology at the seminary, came during this period. In 1901 Kuyper became prime minister of his homeland, a position he held for four years.

Kuyper's copious writings include some 16,800 Standard editorials, nineteen major convention addresses, sermons, the Encyclopedia of Sacred Theology (1898), Calvinism (1899), and The Work of the Holy Spirit(1900).
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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Explanatory Notes to the American Edition xv
Partial List of the Works of Dr. Kuyper xix
Introduction xxv
Volume I.
Chapter 1 Introduction
I. Careful Treatment Required 3
II. Two Standpoints 8
III. The Indwelling and Outgoing Works of God 13
IV. The Work of the Holy Spirit Distinguished 18
Chapter 2 The Creation
V. The Principle of Life in the Creature 22
VI. The Host of Heaven and of Earth 27
VII. The Creaturely Man 32
VIII. Gifts and Talents 38
Chapter 3 Re-Creation
IX. Creation and Re-Creation 43
X. Organic and Individual 48
XI. The Church Before and After Christ 52
Chapter 4 The Holy Scripture of the Old Testament
XII. The Holy Scripture 56
XIII. The Scripture a Necessity 60
XIV. The Revelation to Which the Scripture of the Old Testament Owes Its Existence 65
XV. The Revelation of the Old Testament in Writing 70
XVI. Inspiration 74
Chapter 5 The Incarnation of the Word
XVII. Like One of Us 79
XVIII. Guiltless and Without Sin 84
XIX. The Holy Spirit in the Mystery of the Incarnation 88
Chapter 6 The Mediator
XX. The Holy Spirit in the Mediator 93
XXI. Not Like unto Us 97
XXII. The Holy Spirit in the Passion of Christ 102
XXIII. The Holy Spirit in the Glorified Christ 107
Chapter 7 The Outpouring of the Holy Spirit
XXIV. The Outpouring of the Holy Spirit 112
XXV. The Holy Spirit in the New Testament Other than in the Old 117
XXVI. Israel and the Nations 123
XXVII. The Signs of Pentecost 128
XXVIII. The Miracle of Tongues 133
Chapter 8 The Apostolate
XXIX. The Apostolate 139
XXX. The Apostolic Scriptures 146
XXXI. Apostolic Inspiration 152
XXXII. Apostles To-Day? 158
Chapter 9 The Holy Scriptures in the New Testament
XXXIII. The Holy Scriptures in the New Testament 164
XXXIV. The Need of the New-Testament Scripture 169
XXXV. The Character of the New-Testament Scripture 174
Chapter 10 The Church of Christ
XXXVI. The Church of Christ 179
XXXVII. Spiritual Gifts 184
XXXVIII. The Ministry of the Word 190
XXXIX. The Government of the Church 196
Volume II.
Chapter 1 Introduction
I. The Man to be Wrought upon 203
II. The Work of Grace a Unit 208
III. Analysis Necessary 213
IV. Image and Likeness 218
V. Original Righteousness 222
VI. Rome, Socinus, Arminius, Calvin 227
VII. The Neo-Kohlbruggians 232
VIII. After the Scriptures 238
IX. The Image of God in Man 242
X. Adam Not Innocent, but Holy 247
Chapter 2 The Sinner to be Wrought Upon
XI. Sin Not Material 252
XII. Sin Not a Mere Negation 258
XIII. Sin a Power in Reversed Action 263
XIV. Our Guilt 268
XV. Our Unrighteousness 273
XVI. Our Death 278
Chapter 3 Preparatory Grace
XVII. What It Is 283
XVIII. What It Is Not 288
Chapter 4 Regeneration
XIX. Old and New Terminology 293
XX. Its Course 299
XXI. Regeneration the Work of God 304
XXII. The Work of Regeneration 310
XXIII. Regeneration and Faith 315
XXIV. Implanting in Christ 322
XXV. Not a Divine-Human Nature 327
XXVI. The Mystical Union with Immanuel 333
Chapter 5 Calling and Repentance
XXVII. The Calling of the Regenerate 338
XXVIII. The Coming of the Called 343
XXIX. Conversion of All that Come 349
Chapter 6 Justification
XXX. Justification 354
XXXI. Our Status 361
XXXII. Justification from Eternity 367
XXXIII. Certainty of Our Justification 372
Chapter 7 Faith
XXXIV. Faith in General 378
XXXV. Faith and Knowledge 384
XXXVI. Brakel and Comrie 390
XXXVII. Faith in the Sacred Scriptures 397
XXXVIII. The Faculty of Faith 402
XXXIX. Defective Learning 407
XL. Faith in the Saved Sinner Alone 415
XLI. Testimonies 420
Volume III.
Chapter 1 Sanctification
I. Sanctification 431
II. Sanctification a Mystery 435
III. Sanctification and Justification 440
IV. Sanctification and Justification (Continued) 444
V. Holy Raiment of One's Own Weaving 448
VI. Christ Our Sanctification 452
VII. Application of Sanctification 456
VIII. Sanctification in Fellowship with Immanuel 460
IX. Implanted Dispositions 464
X. Perfect in Parts, Imperfect in Degrees 468
XI. The Pietist and the Perfectionist 474
XII. The Old Man and the New 480
XIII. The Work of God in Our Work 485
XIV. The Person Sanctified 490
XV. Good Works 496
XVI. Self-Denial 502
Chapter 2 Love
XVII. Natural Love 508
XVIII. Love in the Triune Being of God 513
XIX. The Manifestation of Holy Love 517
XX. God the Holy Spirit the Love which Dwells in the Heart 522
XXI. The Love of the Holy Spirit in Us 527
XXII. Love and the Comforter 532
XXIII. The Greatest of These Is Love 538
XXIV. Love in the Blessed Ones 543
XXV. The Communion of Saints 548
XXVI. The Communion of Goods 554
XXVII. The Communion of Gifts 560
XXVIII. The Suffering of Love 565
XXIX. Love in the Old Covenant 570
XXX. Organically One 575
XXXI. The Hardening Operation of Love 580
XXXII. The Love which Withers 584
XXXIII. The Hardening in the Sacred Scripture 589
XXXIV. Temporary Hardening 594
XXXV. The Hardening of Nations 598
XXXVI. The Apostolic Love 603
XXXVII. The Sin Against the Holy Ghost 608
XXXVIII. Christ or Satan 613
Chapter 3 Prayer
XXXIX. The Essence of Prayer 618
XL. Prayer and the Consciousness 623
XLI. Prayer in the Unconverted 629
XLII. The Prayer of the Regenerated 636
XLIII. Prayer for and with Each Other 643
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