We Have the Spirit
Others Have the Spirit, Too
And it’s really important that we grasp that for ourselves and for others. Otherwise, we can often be frustrated. Sometimes we’re frustrated with the lack of sanctification of those around us: our spouses, our children, our workmates. When will they get their act together?
Often we pressure them, sometimes in ways that are less than helpful, instead of remembering that the Holy Spirit is responsible for their sanctification. This means we can pray for them and we can trust that the Holy Spirit will not leave them half-sanctified. If they belong to Christ then the Holy Spirit is at work in their hearts as well as ours and he will bring their work of sanctification to completion on the day of Christ Jesus.
This is comforting in the midst of a world where Christians around us are often very broken (including us), and we wonder, Will my life ever be different? Will I ever get victory over this particular besetting sin? Will I ever be able to live to God’s glory the way I want to? And the answer is yes. The Holy Spirit guarantees it. He is at work. He will continue to be at work, and he will finish that work on the day of Christ Jesus.
This is a guest article by Ian Duguid, author of The Whole Armor of God: How Christ’s Victory Strengthens Us for Spiritual Warfare. This post originally appeared on crossway.org; used with permission.
Iain M. Duguid (PhD, University of Cambridge) is professor of Old Testament and dean of online learning at Westminster Theological Seminary and the pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Glenside, Pennsylvania. He has also served as a missionary in Liberia, taught at Westminster Seminary California and Grove City College, and planted churches in Pennsylvania, California, and England.