This work of regeneration by the Holy Ghost, though, in fact, the last in point of order among the Persons of the Godhead, is the first in point of our apprehension to the knowledge of the love of God. By this gracious act, God’s children are brought into spiritual life, to discover their having been chosen of God the Father before the world, and redeemed by God the Son in the time-state of the Church, and now, by regeneration, made partakers of an inheritance with the saints in light. Hence, this good work, as Paul calls (and beyond all conception both of goodness and of greatness it is,) comes the earnest of our adoption-character, and our union with Christ Jesus. It is impossible, therefore, but that it must be completed, being secured by such principles, and not founded in human worth, but divine grace.

—Robert Hawker (1753–1827)

Reading: “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”—Philippians 1:6