And in order to take that position the entire early part of Acts has to be discounted as in more than one place the Spirit did not come to a person UNTIL a laying on of hands, not just by anybody but very specific people endowed with the Spirit. In Christian testimony, much has been said of the experience of regeneration. At least four arguments may be advanced in proof of the assertion that efficacious grace is bestowed and that it is certainly effectual. Like the work of efficacious grace, regeneration is often ascribed to God without distinction as to Persons, and in several instances is ascribed to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit severally. In relation to the nature of man, it includes the various expressions used for eternal life such as new life, new birth, spiritual resurrection, new creation, new mind, ”made alive,” sons of God, and translation into the kingdom. The Holy Spirit and Salvation. The pleading of the Spirit grieved by sin in the life of the Christian may be resisted and go unheeded. Is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lors and savior is the work of man and not work of JESUS? Of the various works of the Holy Spirit related to the salvation of the believer, the work of baptism is most difficult to present. Baptism by water is very necessary. The person who before regeneration was dead spiritually and blind to spiritual truth now becomes alive to a new world of reality. This divine call which results in salvation is called efficacious grace because it is an operation of grace which is efficacious or effective. The new nature provides a will to do the will of God, and the power of God provides the enablement to accomplish this end in spite of the innate sinfulness of the sin nature. (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. 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. The difference … Do you honestly think that these words written in the Bible can tell you all about Almighty and Eternal God without Holy Spirit teaching you? It is rather an act of God proceeding from omnipotence. The doctrine of efficacious grace is preëminently a doctrine of the Scriptures though its title is theological. (Series to be continued in the Oct-Dec Number, 1941). The fact of the effectual call is supported by such abundant Scripture reference as to forbid denial. From the time we hear and believe the Word, get baptized by immersion and ask for the infilling of the H/G we have only begun the process of salvation. As for the Holy Spirit, the OP has missed it entirely. view is wholly lacking in an adequate explanation of this certainty. Charles Hodge, however, argues effectively for the necessary distinction in the meaning of these terms.9 Shedd agrees with Hodge and cites the following contrasts: “Regeneration, accordingly, is an act; conversion is an activity, or a process. The word regeneration is found only twice in the New Testament (Matt 19:28; Titus 3:5), but it has been appropriated as the general term designating the impartation of eternal life. But we don’t. The history of the doctrine, however, reveals its natural pitfalls and may warn the unwary of the dangers of a shallow understanding of regeneration. The fact of our resurrection is made the basis for frequent exhortation to live as those raised from the dead (Rom 6:13; Eph 2:5-6; Col 2:12; 3:1-2). As in the birth of Christ, where all the Persons of the Godhead were related to the conception of Christ, so in the new birth of the Christian the First Person becomes the Father of the believer, the Second Person imparts His own eternal life (1 John 5:12), and the Holy Spirit, the Third Person, acts as the efficient agent of regeneration. It is rather that regeneration is wholly a work of God in a believing heart. Why did the Eunuch feel the need to be baptized if it isn’t? Dont stop studying the word. WHERE IS THE WORK OF GOD THERE ALREADY. It is manifest that the calling herein mentioned is the efficacious call. I am curious to hear your views Sir. (Continued from the July-September Number, 1941) [Author’s Note: This article presents the second half of the discussion of the work of the Holy Spirit in salvation. As Christ told Nicodemus, “Ye must be born again” (John 3:7). The accept there is a term used to describe your acknowledgement of the work he did on the cross. Infant baptism, certainly, is not efficacious in effecting regeneration, and the Reformed position is in contrast to the Lutheran on this point. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit does not mean the Holy Spirit was not present to begin with Charles Hodge writes on this point, “All who hold that original sin involves spiritual death and consequent utter inability to any spiritual good, do also hold that his recovery from that state is not effected by any process of moral suasion, human or divine, but by the immediate exercise of God’s almighty power.”6 If one accepts the Biblical revelation of man’s state of spiritual death and total inability, he must accept the doctrine of efficacious grace as the solution to the problem. I find it increasingly frustrating at man’s attempt to explain the Bible. Christians are definitely told that before they accepted Christ they were “dead in trespasses and sins” (Eph 2:1). Those who believe Lord Jesus Christ and are saved have to obey. Without eradicating the old nature with its capacity and will for sin, the new nature has in it the longing for God and His will that we could expect would ensue from eternal life. His own relation to the Holy Spirit who alone can save is made a matter of paramount importance. Acts 1:4 – 8 Jesus commanded that they stay in Jerusalem for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Yes. Bible Verses About Salvation - Scriptures on Eternal Life Salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ is the main topic in the New Testament of the Bible. Regeneration by its nature is solely a work of God. Any writer familiar with the many attempts at expounding these doctrines must approach the task with humility. A drastic change in manner of life, attitude toward God and to the things of God, and in the desires of the human heart may be expected in one receiving the new nature. As Charles Hodges states it: “By a consent almost universal the word regeneration is now used to designate, not the whole work of sanctification, nor the first states of that work comprehended in conversion, much less justification or any mere external change of state, but the instantaneous change from spiritual death to spiritual life.”11 In a study of the doctrine of regeneration, then, the inquirer is concerned only with the aspect of salvation related to the impartation of eternal life. The second verse will show you that we all receive the Holy Spirit at the exact moments of our conversions to the Lord.