88. Let us come now to the third part.
This is faith in the Holy Spirit.
89. What do we gain by it?
The knowledge that as God has redeemed and saved us by Jesus Christ, He will also make us partakers of this redemption and salvation, through His Holy Spirit.
The next affirmation in the Apostle’s Creed states, “I believe in the Holy Spirit.” What we believe about the Holy Spirit is, like what we believe about the Father and the Son, vitally important to all of life. Calvin here states that God makes us partakers of redemption and salvation through the Spirit. In other words, it is through the Holy Spirit that the redemption and salvation accomplished by Christ is applied to believers.
This ministry is very important for us to consider. How does the redemption and salvation of Christ become ours? Many believe that we are redeemed and saved by our own free will. We will enter into heaven on our own doing, whether it is our own intelligence and mental capacities, or our just turning our lives around. This is not how the Scriptures describe our salvation. We came to Christ because God, through his Spirit, came to us first. The Spirit is the one who moves us to receive the Word (1 Cor. 2:12-16). The Spirit is the one who has given us new birth (John 3:1-21). The Spirit is the one who baptizes us into the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:13). The Spirit is the one who opens our hearts to cry out to our adopted God, “Abba! Father!” (Gal. 4:6). The Spirit is the one who guarantees our redemption (Eph. 1:13-14). And the Spirit is the one who will raise us up on the final day (Rom. 8:11).
The work of Christ is applied to us not by our own ingenuity. God sent his Spirit to work in us to make us alive in Christ. Without the Spirit moving within us we would be hopeless. Praise the Lord for his Spirit!