*includes "God's Provision of Power" by Charles Finney
In its day, this study of the Holy Spirit, a republication from 1880, was very instrumental in the outpouring of the Holy Ghost that came in the 19th and 20th centuries.
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|Why I Published "Baptism of the Holy Spirit" Apr 27, 2010|
|Around 1999, I found what was at the time one of the last copies available of this work by Mahan/Finney. It was truly life-changing reading for me. It is simply suffused with Scripture to back up each point made in it, and I could feel the Holy Spirit's influence throughout. The basic premise of the book, is that when you allow the Holy Spirit to become involved in every aspect of your life, He has a cleansing and renewing effect upon you, which is transformational and very rewarding. The book was SO good, I felt it had to be put into print again, and made available to Christians to help them grow in their walk with the Lord, as it had helped me so much in that regard. It was one of the privileges of my life to have been able to publish Baptism of the Holy Spirit/God's Provision of Power because I know that anyone who reads it with a willing spirit, as one comes to the Word, in order to be taught by the Lord, that person will be blessed as I was.|
|Historical Book from the Oberlin College Perfectionist Teachers Nov 20, 2005|
|I would be the first to admit that I am not a fan of the teachings of Charles G. Finney. While in college I was first introduced to Finney's LECTURES ON REVIVAL. I found them boring but also had many problems with Finney's disdain for revival being a sovereign work of the Spirit of God. Finney was very man-focused in his book and believed that all aspects of "religion" were merely accomplished through pragmatic means. I tried reading more of Finney's books on prayer and then on sanctification. It was here that I first saw Finney's teaching on the baptism with the Holy Spirit. |
This book is from the writings and teachings of Oberlin College professor Asa Mahan. Mahan was a collegue of Charles Finney and contributed much to Finney's thinking and vise versa. Mahan never had the popularity of Finney but his writing on the baptism with the Holy Spirit led to a holiness revival of sorts in the late 19th century following the American Civil War. Mahan's work would become a standard text in many holiness Bible colleges and would effect the early Pentecostal movement.
Mahan teaches in this book the baptism with the Holy Spirit after salvation. Mahan teaches that a believer is indwelt with the Spirit (Romans 8:9) but not filled with the Spirit (Eph. 5:18). Mahan differs himself with Finney in that he teaches that the purpose of the baptism with the Holy Spirit is for power to evangelize or preach the gospel (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8).
Overall this work adds nothing new to the Spirit-Baptism debate and there are better works on the subject from holiness, Pentecostal, and Evangelical positions. Mahan's style is dated as are his arguments. Mahan's theology is further tainted by the influence of the pragmatist Charles Finney.
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