The gospel is multi-faceted. Not that there are many gospels . . . there’s only one “good news” needed to be believed and received by a lost world. But in that good news there are many dimensions. Christ Jesus came to save sinners (1Tim. 1:15) . . . the good news of the incarnation, Immanuel, God with us. The blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin (1John 1:7) . . . the good news of the atonement . . . the price for iniquity paid in full . . . the basis for God declaring the believer justified. And through that blood, we have access into the Holy of Holies (Heb. 10:19) . . . invited into communion with the Most Holy God in a most intimate way. And the list goes. But the aspect of the gospel which is blessing my heart this morning is the reminder that there is the good news of a renovation in progress.
But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
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Tucked in the middle of those glorious verses is the phrase that captured me . . . “renewal of the Holy Spirit.”
Not by my works, but through His mercy and grace, He saved me . . . through the cleansing of the new birth — me becoming a new creation in Christ (2Cor. 5:17) . . . and through the renewal that comes through the Spirit of God poured abundantly upon me through the Son of God.
That word “renewal” could also be translated “renovation” . . . having the idea of a complete change for the better. In short, I’m a reno!
Someone has said that, when God saves someone, he doesn’t put new clothes on the man, but puts a new man in the clothes. What begins as a positional reality, my righteousness in Christ, God undertakes to make a practical reality as He begins a work in me to conform me into the likeness of His blessed Son (Rom. 8:29).
A reno project was started the moment I believed . . . and, the Spirit who given as a deposit guaranteeing my inheritance (Eph. 1:13-14), began a work, the work of sanctification. Leading me into all truth through Word . . . making fellowship with the Godhead a reality . . . transforming my thinking by imparting the mind of Christ . . . enabling the dynamic of Christ living in me and through me . . . rewiring my spiritual DNA . . . setting my internal GPS toward the kingdom . . . making this child of God a bit more like the Father he so adores and wants to imitate.
It’s a reno that God has promised to undertake to completion (Php. 1:6). Sometimes it can be pretty painful . . . ripping out the old in order that it might be replaced with the new. Sometimes it seems to be going pretty slow . . . the new not “taking” as quickly as I would like. Nevertheless, His work of salvation will be completed through the renewal of the Holy Spirit.
Mine is to cooperate as much as lies in me . . . through the abundant grace available to me . . . in order that the Master Builder might be glorified through me.
Praise God for the reno!