Friday, October 19, 2007
CHRIST’S WORK AND THE HOLY SPIRIT’S WORK
There are some in our day who in their zeal to show the necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit within us, do so by diminishing and devaluing the blessed work of Christ for us on the cross. Let us never fall prey to such deception. We preach, emphasize, and recognize the absolute necessity of the Holy Spirit’s work within us in the new birth (John 3:3-7).
No sinner is saved who is not born again by the Holy Spirit. However, this in no way diminishes the completeness, efficacy, and power of Christ’s work on the cross to redeem and justify His people by His blood and righteousness imputed.
It is just the opposite – Christ’s redemptive work on the cross demands and insures the blessed work of the Holy Spirit in the new birth for each and every one of God’s elect in each successive generation. The way we are brought into fellowship with the Godhead (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) is through Christ, the Son of God incarnate on the cross and by the Holy Spirit who gives light and life from Him (Colossians 2:9-10; 2 Peter 1:1-4).
By Bill Parker