and sanctifies the elect of God. Matheson, Voices of the Spirit, 75, remarks on <183414>Job 34:14, 15 ? ?If he gather unto himself his Spirit and his breath; all flesh shall perish together? ? that the Spirit is not only necessary to man?s salvation, but also to keep up even man?s natural life.
Ebrard, Dogmatik, 1:172, speaks of the Son as the centrifugal, while the Holy Spirit is the centripetal movement of the Godhead. God apart from Christ is unrevealed ( <430118>John 1:18 ? ?No man hath seen God at any time?); Christ is the organ of external revelation (18 ? ?the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him?); the Holy Spirit is the organ of internal revelation ( <460210>1 Corinthians 2:10 ? ?unto us Christ revealed them through the Spirit?). That the Holy Spirit is the principle of all movement towards God appears from <580914>Hebrews 9:14 ? Christ ?through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish unto God?; <490202>Ephesians 2:28 ? ?access in one Spirit unto the Father?;
<450826> Romans 8:26 ? ?the Spirit also helpeth our infirmity? the Spirit himself maketh intercession for us?; <430424>John 4:24 ? ?God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship in spirit?; 16:8-11 ? ?convict the world in respect of sin, and of righteousness, and ofjudgment.? See Twesten, Dogmatik, on the Trinity; also Thomasius, Christi Person und Werk, 1:111. Mason, Faith of the Gospel, 68 ? ?It is the joy of the Son to receive, his gladness to welcome most those wishes of the Father which will cost most to himself. The Spirit also has his joy in making known ? in perfecting fellowship and keeping the eternal love alive by that incessant sounding of the deeps which makes the heart of the Father known to the Son, and the heart of the Son known to the Father.? We may add that the Holy Spirit is the organ of internal revelation even to the Father and to the Son.
(c) In the light of what has been said, we may understand somewhat more fully the characteristic differences between the work of Christ and that of the Holy Spirit. We may sum them up in the four statements that, first, all outgoing seems to be the work of Christ, all return to God the work of the Spirit; secondly, Christ is the organ of external revelation, the Holy Spirit the organ of internal revelation; thirdly, Christ is our advocate in heaven, the Holy Spirit is our advocate in the soul; fourthly, in the work of Christ we are passive, in the work of the Spirit we are active. Of the work of Christ we shall treat more fully hereafter, in speaking of his Offices as Prophet, Priest, and King. The work of the Holy Spirit will be treated when we come to speak of the Application of Redemption in Regeneration and Sanctification. Here it is sufficient to say that the Holy Spirit is represented in the Scriptures as the author of life ? in creation, in the conception of
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