Beloved, the Spirit of God calls us to sobriety, discernment, and careful examination. And He moves in the faithful preaching of the Gospel of Christ Jesus, saving sinners, comforting the people of God, and always and everywhere pointing our attention and affections back to Christ.
Do I believe that the Holy Spirit does a progressive work of making us holier more and more each day? No. We are complete in Christ. Do we believe the Holy Spirit testifies of Christ in the preaching of the Word to encourage God’s people to love the brethren and do acceptable works AS those who are sanctified? Absolutely.
Job is an ancient account of a man who through no immediate fault of his own suffered the loss everything. Everything. His livestock stolen or destroyed, his children killed as well, Job was left with nothing save his own life. And it is what Job does in response to all of this tragedy that makes a child of God perk up and take notice. Though Job lost everything, all of his livestock and all of his precious family, He replied as a man who understood the sovereignty of Almighty God.
So how does one know he is saved? He believes the Gospel as revealed in Scripture, putting no confidence in the flesh and trusting only in Christ, his righteous surety who died that he might live eternally, the only true object of saving faith. He has promised to raise believers up on the last day, to never leave them alone, to go and prepare a place for that where He is, His people may be also. All confidence is placed in Christ alone. This is a biblical profession of faith. If a man testifies to this saving Gospel, he is a brother in Christ, having “passed from death unto life.”
To truly know Christ and the power of His resurrection is to walk in the light of life that is Christ Jesus. And so it is that every truly born again Christian “walks in the light as He is in the light,” having fellowship with one another and possessing the wondrous joy that comes from the knowledge that all sins are under the blood of Jesus Christ.
In this dry and desolate place, Philip crossed paths with a man who blindly read the Scripture having no understanding of the Gospel. Yet, by God’s grace, the official’s spiritual eyes were opened to the Christ of whom Isaiah wrote. The Lord of Glory sent living water into the dry and desolate place that was the official’s spiritually dead heart, sending the refreshing Gospel of Christ through the preaching of His servant Philip. The land cried loud hosannas unto the Lord as even the dry ground itself bubbled forth in cool, clear, water!
It has been a few days and the dust has settled. Big “Easter” crowds, many assembly halls filled to the overflow just last Sunday, were the cause of excitement and joy. The programs and gimmicks have ended for another year. The plays and props are but video memories at this point. Oh, someone may yet…