THE OPERATION OF THE SPIRIT
It is by the secret and effectual operation of the Spirit that the Father brings each of His elect to a saving knowledge of Christ. No sinner ever comes to Christ until the Holy Spirit first comes to him! And no sinner will savingly believe on Christ until the Spirit has first communicated faith to him (Ephesians 2:5, 8; Colossians 2:12); and even then, faith is an eye to discern Christ before it is a foot to approach Him. There can be no act without an object, and there can be no exercising of faith upon Christ till Christ is seen in His excellency, sufficiency and suitability to poor sinners. “They that know Thy name will put their trust in Thee” (Psalm 9:10).
But again, we say, that knowledge must be a spiritual and miraculous one imparted by the Spirit. The Spirit Himself must take of the things of Christ and show them unto the heart. The opening of his eyes precedes the conversion of the sinner from Satan unto God (Acts 26:18). The light of the sun is seen breaking out at the dawn of day, before its heat is felt. It is those who “SEE” the Son with a supernaturally enlightened understanding that “BELIEVE” on Him with a spiritual and saving faith (John 6:40).