Scripture in the Morning #156
A John Owen perspective to consider against God’s Word: the Scriptures proclaim that the distribution of grace to believers are from each of the Persons of the triune Godhead – with specific types of grace attributed to an individual Person of the Godhead.
He asserts that an example of grace that uniquely (or primarily) comes from God the Holy Spirit comes to us in the form of gifts for service use (giving us knowledge, wisdom, desires to serve, desires to obey, etc):
1 Cor 12:4;11 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit… 11 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as He wills.
He asserts that an example of grace that uniquely (or primarily) comes from God the Son is…
Acts 4:12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
He asserts that an example of grace that uniquely (or primarily) comes from God the Father is…
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
Owen’s point is that here (and in many dozens of other verses) we see grace onto us as specifically coming from one independent Person of the Godhead – at times grace from the Father, at others grace from the Son and others still the verse proclaims clearly the grace comes to us from the Holy Spirit.
Owens consideration for us – and it is worthy of our consideration – is that we should:
– praise God the Father in prayer by name and thank Him
– praise God the Son in prayer by name and thank Him
– praise God the Holy Spirit in prayer by name and thank Him
May your prayer time be rich this fine day.