Let's open the Word of God to the eighth chapter of Romans and we're going to look...essentially we're going to look at just two verses...just two verses. But in order to set it in your mind, I want to read three verses; verses 28, 29, and 30, they really do go together. We've pretty much covered verse 28 already and at least the second half of verse 29, but I want to read them for you.
Romans 8:28, "And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren. And these whom He predestined, He also called. And these whom He called, He also justified. And these whom He justified, He also glorified."
Now as we have been learning, just to give you the broad picture again, I don't want to belabor this point but it is an urgent point to make. As we have been learning the gracious mighty wondrous work of the Holy Spirit on behalf of every Christian, is sufficient to motivate full hearted, joyous, grateful worship, and worship is the priority for the believer. We are first and foremost worshipers. The Father is seeking true worshipers and we are those who worship in the Spirit, according to the Apostle Paul. We are first and foremost worshipers. The object of our worship is the triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And basically speaking, we are well informed in the worship of God the Father. We understand His attributes. We understand His mighty works and we celebrate them in our expressions of worship, both individually and corporately. We're well-informed on the worship of the Son of God. We understand His life and ministry. We understand His death and His resurrection, ascension, His intercessory work, His return. We do well to worship the Son. But we don't understand fully, at least in the evangelical church, the ministry of the Holy Spirit. And consequently we do not worship the Spirit as we should and therefore we do not worship the triune God in the fullest measure that He is worthy to receive....
Grace to You
John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as an author, conference speaker, president of The Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry... gty.org