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In Acts 1:8, Jesus instructed His apostles with the following words, immediately prior to His ascension, "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."
How do these words of Christ testify of the Holy Spirit's richer outpouring in clarity, intimacy, and extent?

Explain how the following statement relates to the primary work of each divine Person in the salvation of sinners:
"When a sinner is saved, His salvation is thought by God the Father, bought by God the Son, and wrought by God the Holy Spirit."

  • Manifestation - Revelation; display; public demonstration
  • Can you identify the primary work of salvation by each of the divine Persons in the following verse?

    Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ.

    - I Peter 1:2a

     

    Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come.

    He shall glorify Me: for He shall receive of Mine, and shall shew it unto you.

    - John 16:13-14

     

    speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come. He shall glorify Me: for He shall receive of Mine, and shall shew it unto you."

    Secondly, in the Old Testament, God was said to dwell with His people in the tabernacle or temple. Greater intimacy is observed in the New Testament, in which God the Holy Spirit dwells in His people more fully, as Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 3:16, "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?"

    Thirdly, since Pentecost, the Holy Spirit's applying work is also greatly enriched in extent; God's saving work would no longer be limited to one nation, but would now include all nations, languages, and peoples, as testified in Acts 10:44-45, "While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the Word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost."

    The outpouring of the Holy Spirit completes the primary manifestation of the Triune God's work of salvation for lost sinners. This truth is pictured in the chart below:

    THE PRIMARY WORK OF EACH DIVINE PERSON IN THE SALVATION OF SINNERS

    Person

    Primary Work

    1. God the Father

    The moving cause

    2. God the Son

    The meriting cause

    3. God the Holy Spirit

    The applying cause

    The Holy Spirit's saving work is an applying work. He applies the merits of Christ to His children. The resulting benefits in the lives of God's children include the following:

    a. Benefits in this life -
    (present gracious gifts)

    Internal calling, regeneration, conversion, faith, union with Christ, justification, sanctification, assurance, and perseverance; the beginning of restoration into communion with God

    b. Benefits in the life to come - (future gracious gifts)

    Glorification, resurrection, final judgment, and eternal life in heaven; the completion and full enjoyment of restoration into communion with God


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