Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 112:445 (Jan 1955)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous


Book Reviews

The Holy Spirit. By Rene Pache. Translated By J. D. Emerson. The Moody Press, Chicago, 1954. 223 pp. $2.50.

Accurate and comprehensive books on the Holy Spirit are few. While in the realm of a popular work, written for the average Christian reader, this volume has remarkable breadth, coupled with accurate insight into the vital doctrine of the Spirit of God.

The author is technically a layman, a doctor of law from Lausanne, Switzerland, but no novice in Christian doctrine. His works in various languages include expositions of the Gospel of John, Acts, Ephesians, Leviticus and Daniel. The present work on the Holy Spirit is also published in Italian and Greek. Since 1947, the author has served as principal of Emmaus Bible School at Lausanne, and he is a recognized evangelical leader in Europe.

The treatment of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit here made available to readers in English has many commendable features. It is first of all an accurate exposition of the Biblical doctrine including such neglected and misundertood phases of the doctrine as the work of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament and the relation of the Spirit to the predicted time of tribulation. While the author does not dwell upon it, he approaches the doctrine from the viewpoint of a moderate dispensationalist who is also premillennial. He distinguishes three dispensations: that of the Father (the Old Testament), that of the Son (the Gospels), and that of the Spirit (beginning with Pentecost). The distinctions between the work of the Spirit in the Old Testament and in the present dispensation are accurately presented, and the author correctly identifies the unusual features of the Gospel period as in principle related to the Old Testament order, but with certain variations. His analysis of such commonly misunderstood passages as the post-resurrection “breathing” of Christ upon His disciples is properly distinguished from the larger ministry of the Spirit which began at Pentecost.

The format of the book is that of an expanded outline coupled with abundant Scripture citations. His style is that of exposition of the truth and there is little defense of his doctrinal point of view apart from the direct evidence of Scripture. No attempt is made to debate technical points or to answer at length opposing views. For this reason critics may find the work somewhat dogmatic. However, the purpose of the author obviously is to present his

point of view to those who are friendly to his position. The author is well acquainted with vital points of doctrine, and though he does not quote any authority except Scripture, there is evidence of wide reading and breadth of comprehension.

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