Transition to the work of the Holy Spirit
General and Special Operations of the Holy Spirit
Origin of life, its maintenance, and its development depend on the operation of the Holy Spirit. “Life giving Spirit”
Extraordinary exhibitions of power, feats of strength and daring are also referred to the Holy Spirit. Also,
Intellectual insight, ability to understand, It is the Holy Spirit who gives people understanding. All the great scholars and professors are given insight and understanding by the Holy Spirit. Also artistic skill!
The Relation between the general and the special operation of the Holy Spirit
General operation and special operation of the Holy Spirit. The general operation regards the life of the natural creation whereas the special operation of the Holy Spirit is about the new life that is born from above. The Holy Spirit certainly works within unbelievers but it only concerns their natural lives. In the creational sphere, not the recreational or redemptive sphere.
The Holy Spirit restrains the influence of sin among individuals and in the society so that people can do what is outwardly good and right in relations to each other and to develop the talents with which they were endowed at creation.
“In the former He originates, maintains, develops, and guides the life of the natural creation, restrains for the present the deteriorating and devastating influence of sin in the lives of men and of society, and enables men to maintain a certain order and decorum in their communal life, to do what is outwardly good and right in relations to each other, and to develop the talents with which they were endowed at creation.
In the latter, on the other hand, He originates, maintains, develops, and guides the new life that is born from above, is nourished from above, and will be perfected above, — a life that is heavenly in principle, though lived on earth.”
The work of Holy Spirit in creation is made subordinate to the work of redemption even though the general operation has its own significance!
C.The Holy Spirit as the Dispenser of Divine Grace
Biblical use of the term grace: Jesus Christ who is full of grace confers the grace of Jesus Christ on us. Grace is an active communication of divine blessings by the inworking of the Holy Spirit, out of the fullness of Him who is “full of grace and truth.”
The grace of God in the work of redemption
“It is God’s free, sovereign, and undeserved favor or love to man, in his state of sin and guilt, which manifests itself in the forgiveness and deliverance from its penalty.” (The definition of the redemptive grace) Christ as the Mediator is the living embodiment of the grace of God. And every blessings that Christ merited for us.
Also, the favor of God as it is manifested in the application of the work of redemption by the Holy Spirit.