Some people are at a loss to understand how the Holy Ghost makes application of Jesus and His benefits to His people. Hence they ask, how am I to know that the righteousness of Jesus and the blood of Jesus are applied to me?
Listen to what Jesus says in those precious words, and, under the blessed Spirit’s teaching, the matter will appear abundantly plain. He shall glorify me, says Jesus. And doth not the Holy Ghost do this in every believer’s view, when He gives the soul to see that all that vast extent of redemption-blessings which the Father treasured up in His dear Son for poor sinners, flow immediately from Jesus?
Observe also, the Holy Ghost does not at first shew the sinner all and everything from the everlasting love and grace of God; but He leads the sinner to view them, and receive them, as the blessed fruits of mediating on Jesus. This is needed to glorify Jesus, and to glorify the Father in Him.
And how are these blessings applied? The scriptural answer is the best answer: “He shall receive of mine,” says Jesus, “and shew it unto you.” When at any time the Holy Ghost so holds up the Lord Jesus, in all the glories of His person and in all the beauties of His finished work, as to incline the sinner’s heart so to behold the Saviour as to believe in Him, and firmly to rely upon Him? Is not the righteousness of Jesus received, and His precious blood applied, when the soul is led to the hearty and cordial assurance that that righteousness is effectual to justify and that blood to cleanse from all sin?
“The reason we come away so cold from reading the word is, because we do not warm ourselves at the fire of meditation.”—Thomas Watson
Taken from The Poor Man’s Evening and Morning Portions by Rev. Robert Hawker, Works, Vol. 8; 1830. Edited by Aaron Dunlop for thinkgospel.com ©2013.