The Spirit


Abbreviations Used

General Subjects
  John 14-16
  1 Corinthians
  2 Corinthians
  1 & 2 Thess.
  1 & 2 Timothy
  1 & 2 Peter
  1 John
Gifts of the Spirit
Inter-Ecclesial Offices
Word Studies

Unless otherwise indicated, Scriptural quotations are from KJV, which is public domain. (Also known as AV)

Scripture quotations marked (NASB) taken from the New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, or 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. ( [Some use older editions to 1995]

Scripture quotations marked (NEB) taken from the New English Bible© Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press 1961, 1970. Quotation information could not be found on the Internet.

Scripture quoted by permission. Quotations designated (NET) are from the NET Bible® copyright ©1996-2006 by Biblical Studies Press, L.L.C. All rights reserved.

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Scripture quotations marked (NKJV) are taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Scripture quotations marked (RSV) are taken from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

It should be noted that not all sources follow the required acknowledgement rules, but I have done my best to sort these out. The toss-up is then between:–

  • trying to quote accurately and
  • trying to obey acknowledgement rules.

Comments from other sources are acknowledged in context.

The author would like to thank those who assisted in various ways. The Bibliography and footnotes offer a good insight into the fact that "the book is basically a edited compilation or distillation of the views of others.1"

"I have consulted the writings and tape recordings of almost all of the Brethren who have given expositions on this subject. The periodicals2 have been particularly helpful and I owe a debt of gratitude to those who have written there."3

As the reader will see from the footnotes, the series in the Testimony by Brethren Edward Whittaker and Reg Carr assisted me greatly to give breadth and depth to the exposition.

I received encouragement from the arranging brothers of the Lompoc, California Ecclesia to write the manuscript of the first edition and they also published it.

In particular for the second edition I would like to thank the editors and publishers thereof and those who marketed it. Bro John Allfree's editing was above all helpful in this regard. Bro Geoff & Sis Ray Walker's assistance was also greatly appreciated. The exposition by Bro Graham Pearce in his book The Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit Gifts was also helpful though it came out after my manuscript had been written.

God's Spirit in Word and Word by Bro Fred Pearce came out 13 years after my book and was helpful.

Subsequent to the second edition second printing, Bro. Scott Stewart of California offered to put the book on the Internet.

This site has enabled me to easily add new problems that have surfaced and their Biblical solution. The reader is encouraged to look there for these additions.

It would be obvious to any serious Bible student that I could not agree with a lot of Bro A. H. Nicholls book.4

1 Reg Carr, A review of the Spirit, A General Exposition on New Testament Usage, 314 pages, The Testimony Magazine circa 1976.
2 "Every reference in the Christadelphian, Testimony Logos and Bible student related to the subject has been consulted".
3 Preface to First edition of The Holy Spirit - A Biblical study demonstrating that the theory of the 'present possession of the Holy Spirit' is a myth adopted from paganism, A.W. Crawford, Published by Lompoc Christadelphian ecclesia, 1973.
4 The second edition of Bro Graham Pearce's book also deals with this problem in an Appendum.