What is the number one work of the Holy Spirit? Christians would give a lot of answers to this question. The Word gives the number one work of the person of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit’s most important work is to draw us to the Son.
Having the answer to the number one work of the Holy Spirit, what is the number one work of the Son, our Lord Jesus Christ? The number one work of the Lord Jesus Christ is to bring us to the Father.
What then is the number one work of the Father? The number one work of the Father is to present to Himself a pure spotless inheritance. We are that inheritance which the Father will present to Himself.
IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN GOD’S PURPOSE IN ETERNITY TO HAVE SUCH AN INHERITANCE:
Psalms 33:12 ESV Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!
This “favored people” of Psa. 33 was chosen by God to be His inheritance. It was not an afterthought with Him, but decreed by Him in eternity past. Before the foundation of the world God fixed His heart upon having these chosen people as an inheritance for Himself.
1 Peter 2:9 ESV But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
The "nation" here is identical with the holy nation, the chosen generation, royal priesthood, and peculiar people of I Peter 2:9. The term "peculiar people" does not mean that we are strange or a bunch of eight balls. The term means that we are purchased by the Lord Jesus Christ for the Father.
Psalms 135:4-6 ESV For the LORD has chosen Jacob for himself, Israel as his own possession. (5) For I know that the LORD is great, and that our Lord is above all gods. (6) Whatever the LORD pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps.
Malachi 3:16-18 ESV Then those who feared the LORD spoke with one another. The LORD paid attention and heard them, and a book of remembrance was written before him of those who feared the LORD and esteemed his name. (17) "They shall be mine, says the LORD of hosts, in the day when I make up my treasured possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him. (18) Then once more you shall see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSI Ministry, RSI School of Ministry, and RSI Publishing L.L.C..