The Necessity Of The Gospel In The Holy Spirit’s Saving Work -- By: Gary L. Schultz, Jr.

Journal: Journal for Baptist Theology & Ministry
Volume: JBTM 06:1 (Spring 2009)
Article: The Necessity Of The Gospel In The Holy Spirit’s Saving Work
Author: Gary L. Schultz, Jr.

The Necessity Of The Gospel In The Holy Spirit’s Saving Work

Gary L. Schultz, Jr.1

Everything God does, he does as one God in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All three of the persons perform distinct activities and have distinct roles in the outworking of God’s plan, but all of their activities are the actions of the one God.2 All of these distinct actions are also done in and by the one will and desire of the Godhead.3 This can be seen clearly in actions such as creation and providence (John 1:1-3; Col 1:15-20; Heb 1:1-3), but it is perhaps clearest in the area of salvation.4 Although particular activities in God’s work of salvation are attributed to the different persons of the Godhead, salvation is a unified act of the one God.5

The Bible articulates God’s unity in salvation most plainly in Ephesians 1:3-14.6 God the Father is the source of all spiritual blessings (v. 3). He “chose us” (v. 4), “predestined us to adoption” (v. 5), lavished upon us the riches of his grace (v. 6, 8), “made known to us the mystery of his will” (v. 9), and predestined us “according to his purpose” (v. 11). These verses make it clear that God the Father is the architect and designer of salvation (cf. also Acts 2:23; James 1:18; 1 Pet 1:20).7 God the Son is the one in whom God the Father blesses Christians (v. 3). It is through Christ that the Father “predestined us to adoption” (v. 5). It is in Christ “we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses” (v. 7). It is in Christ that all things are summed up, “things in heaven and earth” (v. 10). According to this passage of Scripture the Son is the one who accomplishes the Father’s plan in salvation (cf. also 1 John 4...

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