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The Holy Spirit of God and The Great Adversary

by Algernon J Pollock
(edited by John D Rice)

£7.00 (UK); $11.50 (USA) - Published 1st August 2017 - order now from STP or online bookshops.


  • ISBN-10: 0-901860-97-2
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-901860-97-2
  • Price: £7.00 (UK); $11.50 (USA)
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publication date: 1 August 2017
  • Author: Algernon James Pollock
  • Editor: John David Rice
  • Edition: 2nd {revised}
  • Series: Understanding Christianity
  • Height: 216 mm
  • Pages: 120 pages
  • BIC Subject heading: HRCM (Christian theology); HRCS (Christian spirituality & religious experience)
  • Place of publication: Crewe, England
  • Publisher: ScriptureTruth Publications
  • Distributor: Lightning Source

Short description

Growing in the Christian faith is not easy. There’s a war on! Satan is implacably opposed to the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. The Holy Spirit supplies His sword, the Word of God, with the definitive answer to each attack. It is vital to know what it says about each combatant. Pollock, with characteristic clarity, presents his analysis.

Long description

Any Christian wanting to advance in appreciating the spiritual land open to them in the power of the Spirit, will find there are many influences to deter them. A warfare is on! The attacks are Satanic. Some are direct, others are subtle. The Christian’s strength is only in the Lord Jesus Christ, but He provides armour to meet the attacks and tricks of the devil.

Almost the last item in the armour available is “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”. It is not our sword, though Christians sometimes refer to their Bibles in that way. The Holy Spirit is the source of it, and the power for right usage of it, whether on the defensive or on the attack.

We need skill in its use; we need to let it discern and shape the thoughts and intentions of our own hearts first. Peter, with a sword, was an unskilful user at it: he was more at home with nets! He lashed about with that sword: it was a poor shot! In the Lord’s hands the damage done was repairable. We need training in private with the Lord, alone with the Word of God. Then we shall not make wild sweeps with texts of Scripture, but find the skill to use the Word wisely, graciously, and in a way that even the devil will have difficulty in rebutting.

In this book the author presents his systematic examination of what the Word of God has to say about each of the two combatants in the spiritual war in which every Christian is engaged: the Holy Spirit and Satan, the Great Adversary. His object is twofold: to help Christians know their enemy, but supremely to enjoy in practice, through the presence and power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, the victory of the Lord Jesus Christ over Satan at the cross.

As the author concludes his section on the Adversary, “Scripture throws light on these things, and it is well for us to gain what help we can from it. Not all subjects in Scripture are pleasant, but all are profitable, and for our learning.”

Other Books by A J Pollock are available from STP.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Holy Spirit of God;
The Person of the Holy Spirit;
The Holy Spirit in Old Testament times;
The Holy Spirit in New Testament times;
The Holy Spirit and Salvation;
The Holy Spirit in the Believer’s Life;
The Holy Spirit in relation to the One Body;
The Holy Spirit in the Book of the Revelation;
Part 2: The Great Adversary;
Satan’s being;
Satan and the fall of man;
Satan’s temptation of the Lord;
Satan’s aspirations;
Satan and the Last Days;
Satan’s activities;
Why does God allow the Devil to exist?;
The End of Satan

Author biography

Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Algernon James Pollock (1864-1957), in his own words, “had the inestimable privilege of being brought up in a Christian home”. At the age of eleven he made a profession of faith in Christ. Early in life he was introduced to leading figures amongst the Brethren, including John Nelson Darby. He followed his father into banking, but his true calling was to share the treasure in heaven, and he left to become a full-time evangelist. When not undertaking preaching engagements he wrote gospel hymns, edited the “Gospel Tidings” hymnbook, and took on the editing of the magazine “The Gospel Messenger”, started by Dr W T P Wolston, and frequently contributed articles to “Scripture Truth” magazine. He was also led to become an indefatigable apologist from the pulpit and in print wherever he saw the Christian faith under attack. He wrote a number of major books and he is probably best known for over fifty pamphlets showing the error of different cults and ideas. In 1909 he was selected to contribute a chapter entitled “Modern Spiritualism Briefly Tested by Scripture” to “The Fundamentals”. His ministry was not restricted to the United Kingdom; he travelled in the USA in 1898, and also visited Scandinavia, India, Spain and Germany.

John Rice (1946-) spent his working life in IT education, management, training and consultancy. He has both a written and oral ministry, and edited “The Interpreter”, a magazine for young Christians. In retirement, he is involved in digital publishing with Scripture Truth Publications, of which he is a trustee.

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