No Condemnation in Christ Jesus, Part 2 . Ignorant of the Divine original, how can it recognise the Divine lineaments in the faint and imperfect copy?3. In Hebrews 4:12 the soul is that which animates the body, and enables the senses to see and hear; the spirit is that which enables the soul to see God and hear His gospel (cf. "Heirs of God" with Christ. H. Spurgeon.I. 2. How many have mistaken the voice of their own imagination for this witness, and presumed that they were the children of God while they were doing the works of the devil! J. Judkin.The value of any testimony is determined by the character of the person who gives it. 4. The true artist is not the man who depicts his own ideas, but he who is tilled by a mighty inspiration which compels him to paint the forms of beauty which he sees glowing around him. You feel you must have your Father, or else the gifts of His providence are nothing to you. "Eye hath not seen," etc. or the light of a glimmering taper from that of the noonday sun? Not one in a family, but all heirs — not heirs who may lose their inheritance by premature death, or be defrauded of it, or have it wasted away by the delays and chicaneries of law, but an heirdom where the possession is certain as universal, and full as certain. It is never given where it is not true. (3) The spirit of aspiration (ver. Conclusion: If you need the Holy Spirit to bear witness with you that you are the children of God, the world needs a witness, and that witness you can give only in your actions, in your conduct. Perhaps you ask me how is this. Take care that you "grieve not the Holy Spirit." By the same consciousness you will know if your soul is alive to God; if you are saved from the pain of proud wrath and have the ease of a meek and quiet spirit. He says, "The things of a man knoweth no man, save the spirit of man that is in him." Manner unknown.4. This has done much to rob many a sweet life of its hopefulness; to create in others an almost unconscious hypocrisy. As it is an effective solace in the hour of trial.3. That is its nature. Making Your History: Conquering The Flesh Series Contributed by Dr. Gale A. Ragan-Reid on Feb 27, 2020 | 1,510 views. T. Shore, M.A.This witness of the Spirit varies —I. "To the law and to the testimony; if they speak not according to My Word, it is because there is no life in them." He standeth up and beareth his own faithful testimony; but some great one of the land confirms his witness.1. )The evidence of Christian sonshipE. Mysterious, but not more so than the operations of the Spirit, nor indeed than the action of mind on matter or of one created spirit on other created spirits.3. Moore, M.A. By —(1)Begetting in us the Divine nature. It is an allusion to judicial proceedings in point of titles. Still, the very Divineness of this comfort clothes the witness with the severity of INEXORABLE DISCIPLINE. God's Spirit indeed witnesseth; but the witness is that they which do such things shall be damned. You have no reason to be discouraged because you find that the witness of the Spirit changes. Romans 8 / Romans 8:16-17 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. )The witness of the Spirit instantaneousS. He standeth up and beareth his own faithful testimony; but some great one of the land confirms his witness.1. (Homiletic Quarterly. Direct or immediate. The witness of the Spirit is not to our spirits that we are the children. It is not involved in our filial feelings, but is —. That is, your spirit beareth witness that you are the child of God.2. "He that hath this hope in Him purifieth himself, even as He is pure." I have, therefore, a former right to be the child of God — i.e., the election of God in Christ Jesus. It is His to subdue. To realise our spiritual inheritance. )The witness of the SpiritD. Well, forget that you have any constitution. If I were not a child, God would never have given to me that affection which dares to call Him "Father. It is an allusion to judicial proceedings in point of titles. H. The Spirit. The fact of such a relation subsisting between God and the soul gives the highest warrant of eternal life. Surely the Master's life is a protest against it: "Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus" — all utterly different and unlike natures. He gave to us His Person; we eat His flesh and drink His blood. The Holy Ghost could not express more danger to a man than when He calls him "the child of this world" (Luke 16:18); nor a worse disposition than when He calls him "the child of diffidence and distrust in God" (Ephesians 5:6); nor a worse pursuer of that ill disposition than when He calls him "the child of the devil" (Acts 13:10); nor a worse possessing of the devil than when He calls him "the child of perdition" (John 17. But faith in what? But though there be a former evidence for my being a child of God, a decree in heaven, yet it is not enough that there is such a record; it must be produced; and by that, though it do not become my election then, it makes my election appear.2. By its greatness. This has done much to rob many a sweet life of its hopefulness; to create in others an almost unconscious hypocrisy. In Hebrews 4:12 the soul is that which animates the body, and enables the senses to see and hear; the spirit is that which enables the soul to see God and hear His gospel (cf. This has done much to rob many a sweet life of its hopefulness; to create in others an almost unconscious hypocrisy. Away in the distant southern world, in the fierce heat of the tropics starts the Gulf Stream. Nor has he the witness of sonship by feeling that he is a son of God; but by the Spirit of God apprehending and quickening his soul.2. Hodge, D.D. As to the manner of this, when we are able to tell how the Spirit proceeds which beats in our pulse, we shall be able to explain that.2. Now He comes to solitary individuals on the dusty highway of life, who know not whence sprang every earnest pulsation of their burning hearts, till some day, perhaps in the breaking of the Eucharistic bread, they see at last that it must have been He that was with them; and, again, He is present to the assembled Church when in some hour of danger it has shut the door, and then found that He is with them in the midst.3. Since the realm of the religious life is in the spirit, do not let us be always analysing and defining and perplexing ourselves about all sorts of mysteries. If anything could make a man a Pharisee it is surely that. Mysterious, but not more so than the operations of the Spirit, nor indeed than the action of mind on matter or of one created spirit on other created spirits.3. We are hard to satisfy. II. The father says to an uncle, "Will you be my executor?" Please stand if you are able in honor of the reading of God’s Word. If no such witness, no assurance, all induction.II. The Spirit comes and bears witness in this case. In order to acquire this witness, carry into action every spiritual power you possess — translate every emotion into life. 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. You look at a Bible text on the screen. He not only works in us every manner of good, but also shines upon His own work and clearly shows what He has wrought. Moore, M.A.I. That is, whatever Christ possesses, as Heir of all things, belongs to us. Ignorant of the Divine original, how can it recognise the Divine lineaments in the faint and imperfect copy?3. This was thought to be a singular instance of his kindness to his courtiers. But the fact we know, viz., that the Spirit of God does give the believer such a testimony of His adoption, that while it is present to the soul, he can no more doubt the reality of his sonship than he can doubt of the shining of the sun while he stands in the full blaze of his beams.II. Note the requirements essential to the competency of our witness. — that love belongs to us.2. As it renders us non-susceptible in the hour of temptation.III. THE THING TESTIFIED To — that we are the children of God. It is as if a poor man were called into court to prove his right to some piece of land which was disputed. Paul, in the former part of this chapter, has spoken of being freed from condemnation; of being spiritually minded; of being led by the Spirit; all these are continued facts of Christian life, therefore the witness of the Spirit is equally continued.3. V. IT SUPPORTS IN THE PROSPECT OF DEATH. We may be safer than our fears will permit us to think. It is to give peace and call out graces.(C. If anything could make a man a Pharisee it is surely that. )Varieties of Christian characterT. The testimony of conscience — "our spirit." The witness of our spirit. 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. The test of the inward conviction is the outward life, and they that have the witness of the Spirit within them have the light of their life lit by the Spirit of God, whereby they may read the handwriting on the heart, and be sure that it is God's and not their own!III. Feel that every point gained in spiritual life is a point to be maintained. THE WITNESSES. Now, if a witness prove that I am a tenant to such land or lord of it, I do not become so by this witness, but his testimony proves I was so before. The notion often prevails that this Divine witness must needs be perfect, never flickering, never darkening. 14), He aids in prayer (ver. Note the requirements essential to the competency of our witness. There is a danger of despair, and the remedy is a more perfect trust in God. And it is properly called a joint witness, because the same Spirit who forms these tendencies in us, also manifests their existence to us. 26). Perhaps you ask me how is this. The soul is the seat of affections, the spirit is rectified reason or the conscience (Romans 9:1).II. The apostle is speaking of continued evidence. And whereas our experience sometimes leads our spirit to conclude that we are born of God, there are times when the eternal Spirit descends and fills our heart, and then we have the two witnesses bearing witness with each other that we are the children of God. The man who proclaims the truth he holds is never the highest kind of preacher; he who speaks because the truth possesses him leaves an impress on the ages. One ministry of the Holy Spirit is to assure us that we are His children. By the same consciousness you will know if your soul is alive to God; if you are saved from the pain of proud wrath and have the ease of a meek and quiet spirit.2. The Church by mistaking the "earnest" for the "fulness," runs the risk of stating incomplete truths as final revelations. )Varieties of Christian characterT. Are you not immediately conscious of it? Not, indeed, by voice from heaven, nor by angelic messenger (Daniel 9:23), rather by revealing the Saviour's love and glory (John 15:26), and by bringing peace-giving words to remembrance (John 14:26, 27). We know how a depressed or nervous physical condition will tinge our feelings, will make us take a widely different view of things from that which we had taken before. As it renders us non-susceptible in the hour of temptation.III. No; because he did not know where his boy was, and the boy never got his inheritance, for the father again altered his will, thinking the boy was dead, and dead he was not. Manner unknown.4. What a huge volume should the Bible be if every saint's name were there written! The act of regeneration is succeeded by the act of confirmation; which is the Divine method in nature. Accordingly one great end of our receiving the Spirit is "that we may know the things which are freely given us of God. THE WITNESS OF OUR OWN SPIRIT.1. When a parent has forgiven his child he does not gradually reveal that fact to him, but gives immediate proof in his countenance and actions, if not in words, that he again loves him.(S. It is as if a poor man were called into court to prove his right to some piece of land which was disputed. At one time it has been solely the ascetic, and again solely the active life. H. A SPECIAL PRIVILEGE. "I know," said the Lord in speaking of the Jews, "that ye are the seed of Abraham," but then in the same breath He denied it. This is not inconsistent with doubt and anxiety, because —(1)This witnessing is intermittent, more or less. There is the same difference between τέκνον, and ὑιὸς as there is between child and son; the former applies to either sex, and is more tender, We are born of God, i.e., we are produced by Him. By its operative power. Their influence is at once distinct yet indistinguishable. Judkin. It indicates the privileges arising from this relation. Man is not saved by feeling that he is saved. )The two witnessesJ. It is not the power of the King that signs His pardon, but His person. L. Hull, B.A. Fear.5. That is, whatever Christ possesses, as Heir of all things, belongs to us. )The Spirit testifying to the believer's adoptionO. Hence men have waited for it with anxiety. God's purpose as to character is growth. 2). Otherwise there can be no comfort! To be the children of God by adoption and grace is not a common privilege.3. These things may be gone through, and all the time the real man may be unmoved and asleep. Never try by physical means, or so-called religious exercises, to galvanise yourself into feeling what you know you do not feel. "The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit." The only religion that can satisfy is the work of the Spirit of God in our spirits. Instead of looking to other sources to ascertain whether they are Christians or not, and then thinking thus, That text asserts that all Christians have this witness, therefore certainly I have it in some shape or other; they say, I do not feel anything that corresponds with my idea of the witness of God's Spirit, and therefore I doubt whether I am a Christian at all. She does make this point, and is safe; but the crew do not know she is safe, and therefore they continue to be afraid where no fear is. Who can reasonably question it? The Holy Ghost could not express more danger to a man than when He calls him "the child of this world" (Luke 16:18); nor a worse disposition than when He calls him "the child of diffidence and distrust in God" (Ephesians 5:6); nor a worse pursuer of that ill disposition than when He calls him "the child of the devil" (Acts 13:10); nor a worse possessing of the devil than when He calls him "the child of perdition" (John 17. Does the will yield? Her deliverance takes place before the comfort of deliverance. Instead of looking to other sources to ascertain whether they are Christians or not, and then thinking thus, That text asserts that all Christians have this witness, therefore certainly I have it in some shape or other; they say, I do not feel anything that corresponds with my idea of the witness of God's Spirit, and therefore I doubt whether I am a Christian at all. The Holy Ghost produces the decree of this election. I do not know how that is done. To the Church you can testify your sonship in Christ by the one proof of your love to the brethren. Phoebe (Rom. (3) So in spiritual life. THEIR OFFICE — to testify.1. Recommend this sermon to others. And yet the Scripture doth speak in particular (Romans 10:9). Observe how the text is woven into the chapter. Satan, in the meantime, opposeth with all his might; many flaws are found in the evidences; the truth of them all is questioned, and the soul hangs in suspense as to the issue. 11).Learn:1. ( Ambrose. The witness is that "we are the children of God." The feeling that here there is no rest — the whole life becoming one prayer for more light, greater power, deeper love; not, mark, the cry for happiness, but the cry — "Nearer, my God, to Thee."II. The man who proclaims the truth he holds is never the highest kind of preacher; he who speaks because the truth possesses him leaves an impress on the ages. BUT GOD HAS GRACIOUSLY AND AMPLY PROVIDED FOR THIS PART OF CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCE IN THE WITHESS OF THE SPIRIT.1. (4)Devotion to His service.2. Please consider this request from John Piper and become a monthly partner by December 31. Some may wait many years before they are favoured with it, and may afterwards lose it. "If children, then heirs," etc.2. It ought to be a ten times more than sufficient answer to every temptation for a man to be able to say, "I am a son of God; shall such a man as I yield to sin?" "If children, then heirs," etc.2. He tried the experiment with our Lord (Matthew 4:6).2. This is not inconsistent with doubt and anxiety, because —(1)This witnessing is intermittent, more or less. "Put in his name and I will be your executor." The Scriptures abound with marks whereby we may distinguish the one from the other; and whoever carefully attends to them will not put darkness for light. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH SUDDEN AND VIOLENT IMPULSES, new revelations, sensible impressions, etc. Our spirit bears witness —(1) When it feels a filial love to God; when we can boldly say, "Abba, Father." But our hearts are deceitful. "If so be that we suffer with Him that we also may be glorified together."IV. A SPECIAL PROOF — "The Spirit itself beareth witness," etc. The Spirit assures us just as He produces the assurance of the truth.2. 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. It indicates the privileges arising from this relation. By it all that is involved in Christianity is made living and real to us.II. And it is properly called a joint witness, because the same Spirit who forms these tendencies in us, also manifests their existence to us. To be spoken of for our knowledge by a fool is of idle account; whilst a word from the wise, how good is it! Joy makes one active.V. I have been astonished, in looking through old Roman history, at the wonderful prodigies of integrity and valour which were produced by patriotism or love of fame. The man who proclaims the truth he holds is never the highest kind of preacher; he who speaks because the truth possesses him leaves an impress on the ages. Moore, M.A.I. A blessed consciousness is thus wrought within us, which has no room for pride, but only for self-forgetfulness, wonder, gratitude, and glad obedience.III. (2) And see what it is that we are heirs of; not of God's gifts and God's works, but of God Himself. As to the truth thus witnessed, we are not to suppose that the testimony is intended to make the fact itself more sure; nor for the benefit of our fellowcreatures, still less for the satisfaction of God Himself, but for the assurance and comfort of our own hearts. Inasmuch as —1. Now, if a witness prove that I am a tenant to such land or lord of it, I do not become so by this witness, but his testimony proves I was so before. Are you not immediately conscious of it? What mystery is this which delivers us? Owen, D.D. Moore, M.A.I. Thus the argument arising out of Divine comfort in the human soul points stead-lastly towards discipline (vers, 5, 13).III. The judge being set, the person concerned lays his claim, produces his evidences and pleads them, his adversaries endeavouring all that in them lies to disannul his plea. "Know ye not that ye are the temples of the Holy Ghost?" THE TESTIMONY. This has done much to rob many a sweet life of its hopefulness; to create in others an almost unconscious hypocrisy. True, say the Papists, if you believe you shall be saved; but where does the Scripture say that you do believe? Who so competent to authenticate the work of the Spirit in the heart as the Spirit Himself?2. The Lord puts His name upon them. IN DIFFERENT INDIVIDUALS.1. But we may steer a middle course, and keep a safe distance from enthusiasm without denying the privilege of God's children.I. It notifies to us all the benefits of the New Testament.3. The voice of the Spirit within agrees with the voice without — to the law and the testimony. Sometimes our spirit bears testimony without the Spirit. Feel that every point gained in spiritual life is a point to be maintained. We are too ready to unduly exalt Mary at the expense of her sister and her brother. And when to this are added the varied dispensations of his heavenly Father, often wearing a rough garb, it is no marvel that, staggered by a discipline so severe, the fact of God's love should sometimes be a matter of painful doubt.II. (Homiletic Quarterly. THE THING TESTIFIED To — that we are the children of God. IN WHAT LANGUAGE DOES THE SPIRIT SPEAK, AND IN WHAT SIGNS DOES THE HEART MAKE ANSWER? The fallen angels have all that. The Spirit is a fellow-witness. We can only know that we are children when the Spirit reveals the existence of those moral dispositions which prompt us to act and feel as children, and these we find only in the written Word. Come, let us be bold to say, "Well, whatever the witness of the Spirit is, if Jesus Christ is mine, this too is mine." And it is properly called a joint witness, because the same Spirit who forms these tendencies in us, also manifests their existence to us. A witness deposes to a particular fact; and there must be a particular instant of time when his testimony is given. Fear.5. (b) The Divine attributes — eternity (Genesis 1:2); omnipresence (Psalm 139:7); omniscience (1 Corinthians 2:10). Not that we shall be, or may be, but are. In all the great experiences of life we need a voice other than our own to complete the degree of satisfaction which begins in our own consciousness. Do not think that it cannot be genuine because it is changeful. This does not refer to us as creatures, nor as rational creatures, but as regenerated; so that we are partakers of the Divine nature.1. 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. 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. There are spiritual dyspeptics, too, who are always talking about their symptoms, and who think they have not got any religion at all unless they are finding something to worry themselves and other people about. He must know when the act of grace went forth, when the wandering spirit turned, and when the heart surrendered. Strutt. )The two witnessesElnathan Parr, B.D.The witness of the Holy Ghost is the work of faith, the witness of our spirits the sense of faith wrought. Feel that every point gained in spiritual life is a point to be maintained. whose heart quails not? In the darkest hour we have been able to say, "The time is in my Father's hands; I cannot murmur; I feel it is but right that I should suffer, otherwise my Father would never have made me suffer." A witness deposes to a particular fact; and there must be a particular instant of time when his testimony is given. Their opposites, at all events — the true confidence, which is faith in Christ; and the true diffidence, which is distrust of self — are identical. So it is also a high exaltation when the Spirit draws our pedigree from any good thing, as when He calls us "the children of light" (John 12:36); "the children of the bridechamber" (Matthew 9:15); but the highest of all is "the children of God." Are the eyes opened? The very stupendousness of the relationship staggers our belief. Yes, it could be, and is so; for God's Spirit bears witness with our spirit. THE EXALTATION OF THOSE WHO ARE AFFECTED BY THE TESTIMONY — "that we may also be glorified together."(T. During our days of groaning, the Holy Spirit ministers to us so that we may endure our present afflictions. It is never given where it is not true. The Divine Spirit, when it enters into the narrow room of the human spirit, condescends to submit itself to the ordinary laws and conditions which befall our own human nature. (3) So in spiritual life. "Yes, on condition that you restore the name of your eldest son." Obedience.4. )Christian assuranceHomiletic Quarterly.is —I. Those moments of dulness and of coldness in our religious life are times of peril. Paul, in the former part of this chapter, has spoken of being freed from condemnation; of being spiritually minded; of being led by the Spirit; all these are continued facts of Christian life, therefore the witness of the Spirit is equally continued.3. )The witness of the SpiritC. Lowliness.4. 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