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THE HOLY SPIRIT IN FAITH

AND EXPERIENCE

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IN

FAITH AND EXPERIENCE

BY

A. LEWIS HUMPHRIES, M.A.

PROFESSOR OF NEW TESTAMENT GREEK AND EXEGESIS
IN THE HARTLEY PRIMITIVE METHODIST COLLEGE, MANCHESTER

AUTHOR OF
"ST JOHN AND OTHER NEW TESTAMENT TEACHERS

LONDON

STUDENT CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT

93 & 94 CHANCERY LANE, W.C.2

1917

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PREFACE

THE author of this volume cannot claim, as his justification for issuing it, that there is a dearth of books on the

Holy Spirit. On that subject there have been issued m many volumes of varying degrees of value and interest, Pand of diverse types, doctrinal, exegetical, devotional,

and to add another to the list seems almost presumptuous. Nevertheless, apart from the interest which he has long felt in the subject, the writer has the impression that there is a place for a discussion of the doctrine of the Spirit which aims to be not merely exegetical but critical. The first and clearest duty Jof any Christian teacher towards the Bible is to under

stand it, to realise with sympathy the point of view osof its writers, to put himself inside, so to speak, their m doctrinal conceptions. But his next and scarcely less

imperative duty is to supplement comprehension with criticism, and to ask how far the Biblical presentation Pof a certain belief or experience can stand without

qualification in the light of to-day. In the field of exegesis much excellent work on the subject of the Holy Spirit has already been done, and that of this the present writer has been gratefully mindful will, he hopes, sufficiently appear in the foot-notes which mark the ensuing pages. But he has been made to feel that much Biblical exegesis on this subject is open to the criticism that mere words have been allowed to count for too much, and sufficient care has not always

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