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THE HOLY SPIRIT'S
GRACIOUS WORK


In the previous chapter, we observed that Jesus Christ earned salvation for His people in His state of humiliation and that He applies salvation to His children in His state of exaltation. The exalted Savior is still actively performing His applying work today. Christ applies His salvation to His Church through the calling, regenerating, and converting work of the Holy Spirit.

After Christ ascended His throne in heaven, the Holy Spirit was poured out in a far richer measure than ever before. This outpouring of the Holy Spirit was prophesied in the Old Testament and fulfilled on the New Testament Pentecost Day, as related in the second chapter of Acts. The word "outpouring" testifies of a rich, generous outflowing of the Holy Spirit's gracious applying work. This is true in clarity, intimacy, and extent.

First, after Pentecost, the Holy Spirit reveals Christ's finished work, with greater clarity, with more clearness, than ever before; as Jesus testified in John 16:13-14, "Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not

 

But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:

For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.

But this is that which is spoken by the prophet Joel;

And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

And on My servants and on My handmaidens I will pour out in those days of My Spirit; and they shall prophesy.

- Acts 2:14-18

 

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