This is not one of Sproul's more famous books. It will probably not soon rise to the prominence of his "The Holiness of God" for instance. Nevertheless, "The Mystery of the Holy Spirit" should be considered one of Sproul's more helpful and practical works of basic-level theology.
Christian believers suffer from one of two problems: either they are
woefully ignorant of the Holy Spirit's nature (and power!), or else they
seem riddled by poor teaching from word of faith Neo-Pentecostals.
one of the more skillful theologians at bridging the gap between Sunday
School and seminary, does a superb job of filling in the gaps of
ignorance of basic instruction in these weighty issues and
deconstructing the commonest errors about the Holy Ghost.
Sproul adequately covers the basics of pneumatology (the study of the
Spirit). Chapter topics include the Spirit's relationship in the
ontological Trinity with Father and Son; the Spirit's role in
regeneration; and the Fruit of the Spirit (cf. Galatians 5:22).
helpful to this pastor, however, was Sproul's masterful job in chapter 8
in explaining the complex doctrine of "the baptism of the Holy Spirit,"
one of the most distorted teachings common to those prone to
charismatic excess. Sproul shows from Scripture that the baptism of the
Spirit is not a second blessing that differentiates super-Christians
from ordinary Christians, but is rather the joyful inclusion and
drenching of the believer with the Holy Spirit given as a free gift to
all the regenerate at conversion.
Matthew Everhard is the Senior Pastor of Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Brooksville, Florida.