Grace Protestant Reformed Church

By Christ’s Spirit We Partake

Date: AM
Text: Romans 8; Lord's Day 20
Psalters: 409, 65, 265, 287
Series: Heidelberg Catechism (2016-18)
  1. Of Christ.
    1. The Holy Spirit is a real Person (not just a power or an impersonal force of nature).
      1. He is a distinct Person in the Godhead, the third Person, God the Spirit.
      2. And He is a divine person.
    2. He is the Spirit of Christ (Rom. 8:9) which is given to the church.
      1. He was first given to Jesus at His exaltation as Head of the church (Acts 2:33).
      2. He operates as the agent of Christ, to bring Christ and His saving work to His people.
  2. The Spirit is the means Christ uses to distribute the benefits He earned.
    1. His work is very personal: “given me.”
      1. He indwells each elect (I Cor. 6:19; Gal. 4:6); He regenerates (John 3:8; Rom. 8:10,11; Ezek. 37).
      2. The Spirit reveals by means of Scripture; He convicts of sin and He convinces that Jesus is the Son of God.
      3. The Spirit convinces of salvation; He puts the fruit of the Spirit in us (Gal. 5:22,23); and He sanctifies.
    2. And the Spirit’s work is more broad than just in us individually.
  3. And the Spirit makes one a partaker of final salvation, for He is the earnest of it (II Cor. 1:22; 5:5; Eph. 1:14).
    1. The Spirit seals us “to the day of redemption” (Eph. 4:30).
    2. We must be aware of the presence of the Spirit in us.
    3. Thus the Spirit is a most comforting presence (“Comforter,” John 14:16).
    4. Let us be careful not to “grieve” nor “quench” the Spirit (Eph. 4:30; I Thess. 5:19).