Many seem to disagree over what WORK the Holy Spirit does in the salvation process. In that discussion, it seems that the work the Holy Spirit has done in bringing the gospel through scripture and through messengers is disregarded or taken for granted. Let me explain. We all agree that scripture teaches that the Holy Spirit must work in order for someone to be saved, but what is that "work?" Is not the gospel itself a work of the Holy Spirit? Is not the gospel the "power of God unto Salvation?" Does not faith come by hearing this gospel? During the time of Christ this gospel message was a "mystery" that even the disciple themselves didn't fully understand. The Holy Spirit had not been poured out and the gospel truth had not been sent out to the world. It was ONLY AFTER CHRIST was lifted up that he sent the Holy Spirit and commissioned the apostles to go into all the world, thus "drawing" all the world to himself. Until that time, however, Jesus warns his disciples to keep things quite and he even hides the gospel truth in parables "lest they do repent." (Mk 4; Matt 13) Now why would that be necessary if indeed the gospel isn't powerful enough to lead someone to salvation apart from a prior work of regeneration?