The Mystery of the Holy Spirit by R.C. Sproul


Here we are again, spending our year taking delight in our holy God. This year by focusing on the person of the Holy Spirit. Many Christians talk of being led by the Spirit or being moved by the Spirit, as well as knowing our spiritual gifts come from Him. But it seems that not many have a deeper understanding of the third person of the Trinity. There is so much more to this Person, who is one with God. February’s book of the month, The Mystery of the Holy Spirit, is designed to bring the believer into a deeper relationship with this Triune God by attempting to bring some light to this mystery.

In his preface, R.C. Sproul lets the reader know that there will be chapters that will require deep thought. He was true to his word. The two chapters that sought to explain the Trinity were among some of the most difficult I have ever read. But, I don’t think that should deter you from reading this book. The other chapters were not as difficult and the topic of the Trinity is so amazing it is worth the headache it causes to try and understand it.

I’m not going to lie to you, the Holy Spirit will still be a mystery to you after you read this book. Interestingly, it’s the Holy Spirit you need to illuminate and make clear what the Holy Spirit does! However, you will learn something new and be reminded to be careful saying you are led by the Spirit and then do or say something that contradicts Scripture. The Spirit and the Word of God cannot be separated. The Holy Spirit will never lead you or teach you something that contradicts the Word of God.

I would encourage you to read this book to grow in your knowledge and understanding of the Holy Spirit. I would also encourage you to be in the Word as well because that is the ultimate place to learn about Him. The Word of God isn’t about us or to make us feel better. The Holy Spirit inspired it and it was given to us to teach us of our Triune God in order to glorify and worship Him like He deserves, “in spirit and in truth.”

– Christina Boswell