Based upon the proceeding analysis, Flavel lays out the following doctrine:
That the lord Jesus Christ, with all his precious benefits, becomes ours, by God’s special and effectual application.
Flavel notes a two-fold application of God’s benefits: God to Christ, Christ to us. The application of Christ to us takes place by operation of the Holy Spirit. From this Flavel lays out seven proposition:
Prop. 1. The application of Christ to us, is not only comprehensive of our justification, but of all these works of the Spirit which are known to us in scripture by the names of regeneration, vocation, sanctification, and conversion.
At this point, Flavel draws out the inference of the point that a whole — not a divided Christ — is applied to the believer:
Now all these [regeneration, the work of the Spirit, sanctification, conversion] are imported in, and done by the application of Christ to our souls: for when once the efficacy of Christ’s death, and the virtue of his resurrection, come to take place upon the heart of any man, he cannot but turn from sin to God, and become a new creature, living and acting by new principles and rules.
The infallible operation of the Holy Spirit upon the redeemed soul is to turn him from sin to Christ. While the work is fitful before our glorification, the work is persistent and unfailing:
1 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
2 He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.
3 And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments.
4 Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him,
5 but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him:
6 whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.
1 John 2:1-6