We Have the Spirit
The mighty energy of God is at work, to begin with, in sending Christ into this world to stay the right life in our place, to die on the cross for our sins, to be raised up from the lifeless, to be exalted into heaven, and now to be seated in glory on the proper hand of the Father—thereby incomes for himself a individuals whom God selected earlier than the muse of the world to be his. And the Holy Spirit is lively in all of that. It’s a key second at first of Christ’s ministry when the Spirit of God is poured out upon him in his baptism.
However the Spirit of God doesn’t depart us. Actually, that’s the entire level of what Christ says proper earlier than his ascension. He says to his disciples, “I will not leave you orphans. I won’t leave you on your own—even though I, Christ, am going back to the Father’s right hand, I’m going to pour out the Holy Spirit upon you.”
The Holy Spirit’s work is to be rising us, sanctifying us, glorifying Christ in our hearts, and thru us, glorifying Christ on this planet round us. So the Spirit is at work each within the historical past of redemption, engaging in our salvation, but additionally actively in our sanctification.
Others Have the Spirit, Too
And it’s actually necessary that we grasp that for ourselves and for others. In any other case, we are able to usually be pissed off. Generally we’re pissed off with the shortage of sanctification of these round us: our spouses, our youngsters, our workmates. When will they get their act collectively?
The Holy Spirit’s work is to be rising us, sanctifying us, glorifying Christ in our hearts, and thru us, glorifying Christ on this planet round us.
Typically we stress them, typically in methods which might be lower than useful, as a substitute of remembering that the Holy Spirit is chargeable for their sanctification. This implies we are able to pray for them and we are able to belief that the Holy Spirit is not going to depart them half-sanctified. In the event that they belong to Christ then the Holy Spirit is at work of their hearts in addition to ours and he’ll carry their work of sanctification to completion on the day of Christ Jesus.
That is comforting within the midst of a world the place Christians round us are sometimes very damaged (together with us), and we surprise, Will my life ever be completely different? Will I ever get victory over this specific besetting sin? Will I ever be capable of stay to God’s glory the way in which I wish to? And the reply is sure. The Holy Spirit ensures it. He’s at work. He’ll proceed to be at work, and he’ll end that work on the day of Christ Jesus.
Iain M. Duguid is the creator of The Entire Armor of God: How Christ’s Victory Strengthens Us for Religious Warfare.
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