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.
When sickness assails our mortal bodies, it could be a sickness unto death. Yet God is faithful to give His people the abiding truth of the matter: God is in control. Worship the Lord in the midst of your storm! Worship the Lord in the swirling tempest of life’s darkest hours. In all things, give thanks!
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.
Our righteousness is in Christ alone. He has forgiven us for His Name’s sake, having illuminated the darkness of our hearts. Christ, the Light of Love, motivates His people to love and care for our brothers and sisters.
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.
Let us be thankful for God’s gift of Gospel repentance. He alone has opened our eyes to our darkness, sin and shame. He alone has changed our minds concerning Christ, causing each of us to look to Christ alone for all righteousness. It is the Lord alone that has, in the words of Paul, “given us understanding.” And it is through eyes made new by Gospel repentance that we endeavor to be kind and gentle toward one another as we, ever sorrowful for our sin, trust Christ alone to go our way until the brightness and glory of His coming.
Redeemed, called personally, eternally kept by the power of God: We are God’s purchased possession, loved of the Lord so much that He sent Christ to fulfill all righteousness for us by His death on the cross. We are exhorted to testify to the truth of the Gospel of God’s free and Sovereign Grace. We have a commission to carry forth as Christians, to share Christ’s finished work in the proclamation of the Gospel. Far and wide, we must spread the Gospel. Let it be our labor of love!