The Person of the Holy Spirit Part 6 The Work of the Holy Spirit in Salvation -- By: John F. Walvoord

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 098:391 (Jul 1941)
Article: The Person of the Holy Spirit Part 6 The Work of the Holy Spirit in Salvation
Author: John F. Walvoord


The Person of the Holy Spirit
Part 6
The Work of the Holy Spirit in Salvation

John F. Walvoord

(Continued from the April-June Number, 1941)

[Author’s Note: Continuing the study of the present work of the Holy Spirit, after consideration of the relation of the Holy Spirit to the unsaved world in the previous article, we begin here the discussion of the work of the Holy Spirit in salvation. Two important aspects are considered in this number: (1) The Work of the Holy Spirit in Efficacious Grace, and (2) The Work of the Holy Spirit in Regeneration. To follow in the next article will be three other important present works of the Holy Spirit: (3) The Baptism of the Holy Spirit, (4) The Indwelling Presence of the Holy Spirit, (5) The Sealing of the Holy Spirit. The relation of the Holy Spirit to the spiritual life of Christians and His ministries in future ages will be treated later.]

Introduction.

From a practical standpoint, there are few subjects more worthy of careful study than that of the work of the Holy Spirit in the salvation of the believer. For the one who believes in Christ, it is a glorious revelation of the working of God in his own heart, the foundation of his spiritual experience and the ground of his hope of glory. Much of the confusion on the subject of assurance of salvation would be eliminated if the work of the Holy Spirit in salvation were made clear. It would destroy the philosophy of salvation by works. It would deliver the assurance of our salvation from the realm of emotional experience. It would give the baptism of the Holy Spirit its proper place and wrest the doctrine from its erroneous expositors in the holiness movements. It would provide the basis for understanding how God is working in His own in this age.

To the preacher of the Gospel, the doctrine of the work of the Holy Spirit in salvation, rightly understood, is a necessary background to accurate Gospel preaching. The necessary work of God, the human factors, and the evident need for the power of God in winning any souls for Christ are seen in their proper relation. The preacher is delivered from dependence on self or homiletical skill, and without

diminishing the effort to preach the Gospel in power he is led into conscious dependence upon God and the power of prayer for fruitfulness in ministry. His own relation to the Holy Spirit who alone can save is made a matter of paramount importance.

Any writer familiar with the many attempts at expounding these doctrines must approach the task with humility. The doctrines are so vast in their implications. The possibilities of intrusion of human wisdom where only the divine will suffice are ever p...

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