The Work of the Holy Spirit
Peter writes to “. . . the elect according to the foreknowledge
of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto
obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ.”
(I Peter 1:2) The Holy Spirit lives in, and has an intimate
relationship with those individuals who are obedient. The
Holy Spirit is the great power of God, and He, by His omnipotent
but hidden activity, executes the divine purpose in those
who are yielded, and seeking, for He proceeds from the Father.
It is the Holy Spirit, who from the inward being of God, transfers
holiness to the redeemed.
Where the Holy Spirit imparts the life of God, He also imparts
and maintains the holiness of God. For this reason, He is
called the “Spirit of Sanctification.” The Holy
Spirit, by His holy power, watches over us and fulfills God’s
purpose in the life of His Own willing ones! It is not possible
for us to render the obedience that God demands, so He has
made provision by bestowing on us the Spirit of Sanctification.
He so renews our heart and inward nature, filling us with
His holy and heavenly power, that it becomes possible to be
obedient, as we recognize and trust explicitly in Him and
His inward activity is so gentle and hidden, He unites Himself
so entirely with us and our endeavors, that we imagine it
is our own thinking or willingness. However, He has already
been the hidden worker. The Holy Spirit has been sent into
our hearts that we might be partakers of the blessedness and
power of the heavenly life that is our portion, through the
sprinkling of the blood, which opens a free and bold entrance
to God. The life of Jesus, glowing with love and devotion
to the Father, dwells in the sprinkled blood which was shed
from the sacrifice of “self” on the cross. It
brings us into that self-sacrificing disposition, entirely
surrendered to the cross, so that the power of the cross becomes
the law of our life through the indwelling Holy Spirit.
Oh that we may realize and experience the power of the Holy
Spirit fulfilling the living word in our lives. May we experience
His substance within our spirit, soul and bodies, perfecting
Christ Jesus, as Lord of all, to the Glory of God.