Fear of God Devotional: The Power of the Spirit in Holiness
How does the Holy Spirit work holiness in our lives?
Joel Beeke explains in this video that Jesus compared the Holy Spirit’s power in effectually calling a sinner to the wind. The Holy Spirit takes the Word, “blows down” your self-righteousness, and you are born again. The Spirit thus begins that great saving work. Then, the Holy Spirit continues this work through the process of sanctification. The Holy Spirit works holiness in us in three ways.
First, the Holy Spirit helps to shape a believer so that they are increasingly in the image of Christ.
The Holy Spirit also helps to conform us to the character of God in regards to His communicable attributes.
Finally, the Holy Spirit works holiness in us by putting His own mind in us which is found in the Word of God. He inspired Scripture and He conforms us to it.
Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV) – “[T]he fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.”