OUR GLORIOUS SALVATION
“Elect according to the foreknowledge of GOD THE FATHER, through SANCTIFICATION OF THE SPIRIT, unto obedience and sprinkling of the BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST: Grace unto you, and peace be multiplied.” [1Pet 1:2]
In one verse, we see that the Holy Trinity works together for the salvation of God’s Elect.
God thought it, Jesus bought it, the Holy Spirit wrought it . . . or in other words – the blood bought it, the Bible taught it, the devil fought it, love sought it, faith caught it, and happy is the person who can say, “I’ve got it!”
THE CAUSE OF SALVATION
It may be shown from scripture that the CAUSE of salvation is not a single one, as so many suppose– the blood of Christ.
Here, too, it is necessary to distinguish between things which differ.
First, the ORIGINATING cause of salvation is the eternal purpose of God, or, in other words, the predestinating grace of the Father.
Second, the MERITORIOUS cause of salvation is the mediation of Christ, this having particular respect to the legal side of things, or, in other words, His fully meeting the demands of the law on the behalf and in the stead of those He redeems.
Third, the EFFICIENT cause of salvation is the regenerating and sanctifying operations of the Holy Spirit, which respect the experimental side of it, or, in other words, the Spirit works IN us what Christ purchased FOR us. Thus, we owe our personal salvation equally to each Person in the Trinity, and not to one (the Son) more than to the others.
Fourth, the INSTRUMENTAL cause is our faith, obedience, and perseverance; though we are not saved because of them, equally true is it that we cannot be saved (according to God’s appointment) without them.