But this is not the character of the presumptuous pretender to the love of God. "If then ye live in the Spirit, walk in the Spirit."(E. As it is an effective solace in the hour of trial. It is not that we are all the creatures of God; the pebbles are that. It is a suffering condition — "if so be that we suffer with Him." (3)Breathing in our souls a desire for holiness, the Spirit conducts us to the rational conclusion that we are born of God.(O. Remember you have to "work together with God." So it is the mission and office of the Holy Ghost, as the revealer of Christ and of the Father, to uncover the pardoning countenance of God, and to make that countenance shine upon His forgiven child. The Gulf Stream may be taken as a parable of this. The boat in the harbour is none less safe because it has not come across the storm-swept sea, but only down some inland river with no grand convulsions, but still with strange, commonplace, yet fascinating dangers of its own. IN WHAT LANGUAGE DOES THE SPIRIT SPEAK, AND IN WHAT SIGNS DOES THE HEART MAKE ANSWER? Now it is manifest that if these marks be found in us we have the witness of the Word to our adoption; and what is the witness of the Word but the witness of the Spirit, who both indited the Word and gave us understanding to comprehend the truth? Else what does an apostle mean when he says, "Quench not the Spirit," "Grieve not the Spirit"?2. HOW THIS JOINT TESTIMONY MAY BE DISTINGUISHED FROM —1. The ground on which Paul bases the evidence of sonship is that of a Divine Spirit, greater than the emotions of our souls, consciously acting upon us. That mind of his father's is as much an invisible world to him as is God's to us. We are too ready to unduly exalt Mary at the expense of her sister and her brother. Hence men have waited for it with anxiety. The substance of the conviction is not primarily directed to our relation or feelings to God, but to God's feelings and relation to us. It is His to subdue. THE PLEDGE OF THE FUTURE BLESSEDNESS OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE.1. It cannot but be so when there is so intimate a connection between our body and spirit, and the one acts on, and is reacted on, by the other. It is a perilous and a very wrong thing to set up some one, sole, exclusive, monotonous standard of spiritual evidence and of spiritual life. The Spirit. 23). Accordingly one great end of our receiving the Spirit is "that we may know the things which are freely given us of God. Hodge, D.D. We shall fear to bring a cloud over our joy.IV. How often He presents to us the power of God in the mouth of the preacher, and we bear witness to one another of the preacher's wit and eloquence, and no more! But this is not the character of the presumptuous pretender to the love of God. (3) If it be inquired how the Spirit bears witness, such knowledge is too wonderful for us. "If children, then heirs," etc.2. The natural conscience has much to say about sin, and God and our relation to Him (Acts 17:28). And where it is true, where the soul is regenerated, then to banish doubt and fear and anxiety is to infuse new life and vigour. In the midst of the contest the Comforter comes, and overpowers the heart with a comfortable persuasion, and bears down all objections, that his plea is good, and that he is a child of God. This view of course supposes the witness of our own spirits to be of a derived and reflected kind. Wise he might be, and holy; but the subject is beyond his province. But do these fruits attend the supposed testimony in the presumptuous man? (John Wesley, M.A. If he know —(a) "As many as are led by the Spirit of God" into all holy tempers and actions, "they are the sons of God. The manner in which this evidence rises in the soul. It is a suffering condition — "if so be that we suffer with Him." (2) But, again, everything that is good in a Christian is the work of the Holy Ghost. And the difference to our spiritual safety, whether we exercise faith in Christ immediately, or mediately on some inward feeling which unites us to Christ, is as great as would be the difference to a drowning man whether he laid hold on a rock, or merely on a loose weed which was growing to the rock. But if thou beest a drunkard, a Sabbath-breaker, unclean, etc., and sayest the Spirit witnesseth thy salvation, it is not God's Spirit, but a lying spirit, for such works are of the devil. Let us now consider the great happiness of possessing this witness.I. So they either set to work to examine their creed, or else they change it. Notice that there are two witnesses. Our own spirit. THE SUSTAINING POWER OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE.1. THIS DIVINE WITNESS IN OUR SPIRITS IS SUBJECT TO THE ORDINARY INFLUENCES WHICH AFFECT OUR SPIRITS. If there is sweetness in the mouth, it is the taste of stolen honey. The delusions of the devil. That is, your spirit beareth witness that you are the child of God.2. In this assurance is involved the idea of a pledge — "the earnest of the Spirit" (ver. Wherefore He is not ashamed to be called their God, for He hath provided for them a city. We are too ready to unduly exalt Mary at the expense of her sister and her brother. — His Almightiness is ours. What a huge volume should the Bible be if every saint's name were there written! T. Shore, M.A. The text suggests that we are entering upon a calm judicial process, in which the verdict can be obtained only by the testimony of two witnesses of tried competency and proved faithfulness.1. This is proved inasmuch as —(a) The essential name of God is given Him (Isaiah 6:9; cf. The soul is the seat of affections, the spirit is rectified reason or the conscience (Romans 9:1).II. II. No, we cannot see it, but it is there. (2) But, again, everything that is good in a Christian is the work of the Holy Ghost. Stay; for when all that is Christ's belongs to you, do ye forget that Christ once had a cross, and that belongs to you? All too often a believer may come to the point of doubting his salvation because his or her sanctification (growth in holiness) has proceeded so slowly and so lamely. To guard against anything that would grieve or quench the Holy Spirit. THE TESTIMONY — "that we are the children of God."1. Sermons on Romans 8-16 File — Box: 46, Folder: 1 Citation Request. (3) So in spiritual life. These are things which must be known to the Holy Spirit, because of Him and through Him are all these effects wrought. They were the offspring of Abraham, but they ceased to be his children, or they would have shown forth his nature. The soul, by the power of its own conscience, is brought before the law of God; there a man puts in his plea that he is a child of God, and for this end produceth all his evidences, everything whereby faith gives him an interest in God. — His Almightiness is ours. "Oh," say you, "we never shall." There has been a terrible tendency to magnify, in every age, some one sole idea of Christian usefulness and beauty. It is not involved in our filial feelings, but is —1. The act of regeneration is succeeded by the act of confirmation; which is the Divine method in nature. But lo, we know not how, but by the Holy Spirit of God there is breathed about us and within us the love of God, softening, transforming, bringing to us a new heaven and a new earth. Spurgeon. (1) This distinction holds through all the higher forms of human life. "Know ye not that ye are the temples of the Holy Ghost?" 26). It is not necessary, because all particulars are included in their generals; as he that saith, "All my children are here," means every one in particular, though he name them not; so God, that saith all believers shall be saved, means every one as though they were named. The witness is that "we are the children of God." And yet the Scripture doth speak in particular (Romans 10:9). This is an act of pure grace. John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. Still, the very Divineness of this comfort clothes the witness with the severity of INEXORABLE DISCIPLINE. To be a child of God is a privilege marked —1. H. How often He bears witness that such an action is odious to God, and our spirit bears witness that it is acceptable to men! To these add the passages holding out to the believer the promise of peace (Isaiah 26:3; Isaiah 32:17; Romans 5:1). In the one text the cry is regarded as the voice of the believing heart; and in the other the same cry is regarded as the voice of God's Spirit. As the inward spiritual testimony is our encouragement against defection.2. There is a supernatural way in which, apart from means, the Spirit of God communicates with the spirit of man. Come, let us be bold to say, "Well, whatever the witness of the Spirit is, if Jesus Christ is mine, this too is mine." The only way to do that is to carry the poor bit of glass out into the sunshine. He says, "The things of a man knoweth no man, save the spirit of man that is in him." "Eye hath not seen," etc. To the Church for communion.3. By the same fruits. He must know when the act of grace went forth, when the wandering spirit turned, and when the heart surrendered. IT IS NOT STRANGE THAT THE FACT OF HIS ADOPTION SHOULD MEET WITH MUCH MISGIVING IN THE CHRISTIAN'S MIND. Ridiculous! There is danger of turning to spiritual stimulants. 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