7. The apostles’ witness
Paul explains the power and preciousness of the gospel as centering in the involvement, interaction, and triumph of the three Persons in Jesus’ resurrection:
“. . . the gospel of God, . . . concerning His Son, Who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh,
Who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness,
Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom 1:1, 3-4).
The Father, the Son, and the Spirit act together in bringing Jesus’ victory into men’s lives in this world, anointing His servants to proclaim the gospel of salvation.
This is the message Peter presents to the Jews on the day of Pentecost, helping them understand what the pouring out of the Spirit means:
“Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise
of the Holy Spirit, He (Jesus) has poured forth this which you both see and hear” (Acts 2:33).
The gospel is nothing less than the proclamation of the attentive work of the three Persons of the Godhead in each believer’s life:
“. . . Chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey
Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood" (1 Pet 1:2).
“But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in
the Spirit of our God” (1 Cor 6:11).
“There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one
baptism, one God and Father of all Who is over all and through all and in all” (Eph 4:4-6).
“Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying ‘Abba! Father!'" (Gal 4:6).
“For through Him (Jesus) we both (Jews and Gentiles) have access in one Spirit to the Father” (Eph 2:18).
“And He Who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints
according to the will of God.
Jesus … Who died,.. Who was raised, Who is at the right hand of God, … also intercedes for us” (Rom 8:27, 34).
“If the Spirit of Him Who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He Who raised Christ Jesus from the dead
will also give life to your mortal body, through His Spirit who dwells in you” (Rom 8:11).
As the apostles seek to strengthen the believers in every church, their letters, prayers, and blessings commend them to the keeping and action of God, Father, Son, and Spirit.
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all”
(2 Cor 13:14).
“But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the
love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life” (Jude 20-22).
“Now I urge you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your
prayers to God for me” (Rom 15:30).
(Part 7 of 15)
“Three in One”