“Why do men always put up a sign which reads MEN AT WORK?” I asked during a recent sermon. Women work, yet you never see a sign! Hmmmm.
When GOD, our Triune GOD, is at work, all three Persons are working together in perfect unity. Each Person functions in the eternal purposes of sovereignty and providence. The results are amazing!
Peter, in this first letter to God’s ‘chosen’ or ‘elect’ people, notes that these beneficiaries of God’s choice – “have been chosen according to…
1) the foreknowledge of God the Father,
2) through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for
3) obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by His blood.
God the Father “foreknew” us. As the hymnwriter penned, “He called me long before I heard, before my sinful heart was stirred….” We did not choose God…..rather Scripture affirms elsewhere, “We love HIM because HE FIRST loved us.”
God the Spirit “sanctifies” us. He is holy and His purpose in the will of God is to work in sinners, convicting them of sin and conforming them to the image of Jesus Christ. He may be “grieved” or “quenched” as Ephesians 4 and I Thessalonians 5 informs us.
God the Son “atones” for our sin and “teaches” us. The Spirit of God enables us to obey the Son of God after we have trusted Jesus Christ’s death as a satisfactory payment for our sin.
Praise God, the triune God, this day for His work of salvation.
“To God be the glory, great things He has done,
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
who yielded His life an atonement for sin….” Amen!! I feel like singing!