Theodorus VanderGroe on the work of the Holy Spirit

Stephen L Smith

Staff member
I recently purchased Theodorus VanderGroe's commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism and find it very helpful.

Here are some insightful comments in Lord's Day 20.
"Not only is God’s Spirit emphatically denominated the Holy Spirit by virtue of His being infinitely holy and perfect in Himself, but rather, primarily by virtue of His sanctifying operation in and regarding all elect believers. According to God’s eternal counsel of peace, the Father has taken upon Himself the begetting and the preservation of all the elect; the Son has taken upon Himself their salvation and redemption; and the Holy Spirit has taken upon Himself the work of their sanctification. All that is therefore requisite for the sanctification, salvation, and redemption of the elect, and for the application and bestowal of all the gracious benefits
that Christ has merited for them, belongs to the office and work of the Holy Spirit. The entire ministration of grace as it will be wrought, continued, and completed in the soul of every elect believer is thus a ministration of the Spirit. “All these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will” (1 Cor. 12:11). This is the “sanctification of the Spirit,” and all believers are “elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father” to be the beneficiaries of this sanctification (1 Peter 1:2), and by virtue of this sanctification of all true believers, the Holy Spirit is emphatically denominated as “the Spirit of holiness” (Rom. 1:4)."