The almighty, salvation bringing working of the Holy Spirit in the end-time
Tit. 3:4-7 “But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
The almighty Holy Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ effectuates these salvation-bringing-works in the end-time in converted sinners based of their faith in God’s dear Gospel, which has its foundation in the redemptive work of God’s Lamb at Golgotha (i.e. Calvary). Now, in the end-time, He wants to make this achieved work real in all its perfection in our body, soul and spirit. He wants to build them in us, after our conversion, and confession of our sins and absolute surrender of body, soul and spirit to Him.
1. He forgives and redeems us perfectly from our sins
Heb. 9:11-15 “But Christ being come an High Priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood He entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies to the purifying of the flesh: 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, Who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 And for this cause He is the Mediator of the New Testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.”
Verse 13 points to the Old Covenant.
Let us keep this Gospel-word firmly. Jesus Christ has obtained an eternal redemption for us, from the power of satan and from all our sins. Let us hold fast this Divine promise. These promises mentioned in God’s dear Word, are made real in our body, soul and spirit by the Spirit of our Lord, Jesus Christ, on the base of our faith in these Divine promises, when we totally surrender our body, soul and spirit to Him. Let us now have faith in God’s dear Word, just as it is written, for God means, what He says, and says, what He means. So it is possible to be redeemed perfectly from the power of sin, and of satan’s temptation power already here on earth! By this faith in God’s Word the Spirit of God is able to make the following Divine promises true:
Eph. 5:26-27 “That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word, That He might present it to Himself a glorious Church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”
John 8:36 “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”
Rev. 12:11 “And they overcame him (satan) by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their (old, sinful) lives unto the death (till it is totally mortified by the purging fire of the Holy Spirit).”
Further says Hebrews 9:15 that He, Jesus Christ, is the by God given Mediator of the New Covenant. He is also the ONLY Mediator between God and men.
1 Tim. 2:5 “For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus”
2. The Spirit of God brings us the rebirth out of God. Further He brings us the growth in the divine Nature up to the maturity of it.
Tit. 3:5 “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.”
In the midst of our life in the dimension of darkness comes a spark of Divine life by the salvation bringing grace of God, by our faithful acceptance of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ at Golgotha as payment for the debt of our sins, and by the continual opening of our being for His Divine workmanship. This is according to God’s mercy a rebirth out of God. This rebirth has to grow out to the maturity of it, up to the perfection of the Divine Nature by the power of God’s Word and by His almighty Spirit.
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By E. van den Worm