"The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit in the Major Reformed Confessions and Catechisms" by WRF Member Dr. Yuzo Adhinarta

Dear Prof. Logan,

Greetings from Indonesia! Wish you and yours all well.

My book on the doctrine of the Holy Spirit in the major Reformed confessional documents was recently published by Langham Partnership International, UK. Thought you and some fellow members of WRF might be interested. My only hope and purpose is that the Church of God might benefit from it and that may God alone be glorified. Nothing more, nothing less.


Some endorsements for the book are as follows:

Finally a book on this so important topic! The doctrine of the Holy Spirit has been characteristic of Reformed Theology and has been one of the causes for the lasting influence, mainly through the Reformed confessions that were preached and taught to the congregations. Now with this study not only the influence of the pneumatology in Reformed confessions is demonstrated, but also its relevance for church and theology today. Dr. Adhinarta has served us with a well structured and source based study that I wish to be read and used by many.

— Herman J. Selderhuis, Director Refo500, Professor of Church History, Theological University Apeldoorn, Netherlands

Reformed Christianity revolves around the triune God. The work of this God and our communion with Him comes from the Father through the Mediator, Jesus Christ. Yet that work and communion is permeated with the presence of the Holy Spirit. In a masterful piece of research, Yuzo Adhinarta demonstrates from major confessions and catechisms that the doctrine of the Spirit truly fills the Reformed tradition. He investigates the pervasive place of the Spirit not only in the doctrines of the Trinity, Christ, salvation, and the means of grace, but also in the doctrines of creation, providence, church life, missions, and social justice. Though most of the Reformed standards did not devote a separate article to the Holy Spirit, the Spirit’s work is pervasive to their witness. Adhinarta’s dissertation reminds us, as Calvin once said, that it is only by “the secret energy of the Spirit” that “we come to enjoy Christ and all his benefits,” for “the Holy Spirit is the bond by which Christ effectually unites us to himself” (Institutes, 3.1.1).

— Joel R. Beeke, President and Professor of Systematic Theology, Church History, and Homiletics, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan

After the Azusa Street revivals it has seemed to Pentecostal and charismatic evangelicals that Reformed theology, piety, and practice lacks sufficient appreciation of the person and work of the Holy Spirit. To Roman Catholic critics it seems as if the Reformed do not appreciate the centrality of the church and sacraments in the Spirit's operation. Others have tried to refashion it after the image of Karl Barth. The present work by Yuzo Adhinarta clarifies the picture treating the confessional documents on their own terms and by calling attention to the dynamic, mysterious, Trinitarian, and churchly character of the confessional Reformed understanding of the person and work of the Holy Spirit. Those inside and outside the Reformed tradition will benefit from Dr. Adhinarta's account of the confessional Reformed teaching.

— R. Scott Clark, Professor of Church History and Historical Theology, Westminster Seminary California, Escondido, California

Yuzo Adhinarta's study of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit in the Reformed Confessions is a major contribution to Reformation studies. As far as I know, there is nothing quite like it in any language. The author has made a thorough and careful examination of all the major confessions and catechisms of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and has read widely in the relevant secondary literature. The analysis is balanced and perceptive and reads so well that non-specialists can also benefit from this excellent study.

— I. John Hesselink, Past President and Emeritus Professor of Theology, Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan

The Holy Spirit did not go to sleep between Montanus and Azusa Street and not only did churches of the Reformation experience the power of the Holy Spirit, they also proclaimed it to the world in their confessions. Yuzo Adhinarta’s careful textual study of the major Reformed Confessions of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries will help put to rest for good the oft-repeated mischaracterization of the Reformation that it practically and theologically neglected the work of the Holy Spirit. It is a much needed corrective that will benefit both the church and the academy.

— John Bolt, Editor of Herman Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics in English translation, Professor of Systematic Theology, Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan


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