As the Son of God was Successful in his Work, so too the Spirit of God is in His

Erik Raymond —  May 4, 2012

As glorious as the accomplishment of the redemption of Christ is the gospel would not be “good news” if we had to do something to merit or achieve it. Like a skinny, boney-kneed, white kid trying to dunk a basketball we would just never get high-enough[1]. Potential salvation is a mission-impossible salvation because it depends on weak, helpless sinners. But this is not the case. Just as God worked personally and powerfully in the accomplishment of redemption so too he works personally and powerfully in the application of redemption.

And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. (Gal. 4:6-7)

Just as the Father sent the Son into the world (Gal. 4:4) so he sends the Holy Spirit into the world. More specifically, he sends the Holy Spirit to those who were slaves and makes them sons.

In this way God calls (Rom. 8:30) us out of darkness (1 Pet. 2:9) into his kingdom and glory for fellowship with Jesus (1 Cor. 1:9; 1 Thes. 2:12; Col. 1:12-13). We who were formerly enemies (Rom. 5:10) and dead in our sins (Eph. 2:1-3) are made alive (Eph. 2:4) and caused to be born again by God (1 Pet. 1:3). The Holy Spirit graciously makes us to see the infinite value and supremacy of Christ (2 Cor. 4:4-6). He grants us repentance that leads to life (Acts 11:18) and faith to trust in Jesus (Eph. 2:8-10) as children adopted by God into his family (Eph. 1:5; Gal. 4:4-7). Furthermore, this application is not something that wears out. God the Holy Spirit continues to keep, guard, and persevere his people until we are ultimately presented holy, blameless and beyond reproach before God (1:22). In other words, God—who began the work, is willing and able and committed to finish it (Phil. 1:6; Rom. 8:28-30)!

This is of tremendous personal encouragement.



[1] Full-disclosure: I am the skinny, boney-kneed, white kid in this illustration.

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Erik has been writing at Ordinary Pastor since 2006. He lives in Omaha with his wife and kids while pastoring at Emmaus Bible Church. Follow regular updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/erikraymond

3 responses to As the Son of God was Successful in his Work, so too the Spirit of God is in His

  1. John T. “Jack” Jeffery May 4, 2012 at 9:41 am

    As John Murray’s great title has it, “Redemption Accomplished and Applied”!

  2. Yes. I was praying this morning and telling our Lord that I hardly ever thank the Spirit, or even mention Him.
    This morn I prayed: “Thank You Father for loving me, and giving Your holy loving Son, Jesus, for my wretchedness and sins. Thank You Jesus for giving Your self for Your father, and for me, and suffereing the excruciating pain You suffered.
    Thank You Spirit for being with me to help me, and keep me, and fill me with Yourself and so i am filled with Your love most of all. Amen.

    have a terrific Lord’s day!