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The Spirit Beareth Witness

The Spirit [Himself] beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:” (Romans 8:16)

Romans 8 deals, perhaps, more thoroughly with the subject of eternal security for the Christian than any other portion of Scripture. Verses 35-39 will set down, in no uncertain or ambiguous terms, the parameters of the fortress wherein we safely stand. The Lord Jesus declared that no man shall pluck the child of God from His hand (John 10:28), and the Apostle Paul will demonstrate in this chapter just how firm the Lord’s grip is.

But, even with so great and blessed assurance to the one who belongs to the Lord Jesus, how can any person be certain that they belong to Him in the first place? This chapter concludes with a resounding shout of victory, resolutely settling the hearts and minds of God’s children with the comfort that their position in Jesus Christ, their relationship as His sons and daughters, will never be stripped from them. And here, in the middle of this extraordinary chapter, we have the Evidence presented which testifies that we are children of God.

He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself…” (1 John 5:10a)

It is a function of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Christian to bear witness to the fact that the believer truly belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ. The indwelling Spirit of God testifies to our own spirit that the regeneration through Christ, bringing Salvation, has in fact occurred and His abiding presence confirms the reality that we have been made new creatures. Though doubts and fears may creep in from time to time, though our moments of failure and weakness may remind us of our utter unworthiness before a holy and righteous God, though we may feel defeated when our flesh seems to be having its way; it is the Holy Spirit Who confirms that we are His.

Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.” (1 John 4:13)

To God goes all glory. In service to Him,

Loren

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4 responses

  1. This is great, Loren. Thanks for sharing :-)
    Your post reminds me of a song we used to sing in church waaay back then. I can’t find a video, but some of the words are:
    “I’m His, what a wonderful feeling in my soul
    He’s mine and He’s protecting me from the heat and cold
    I’ll do whatsoever He bids me I will always do
    I know my Redeemer will lead me safely through”!
    Yes, there are days I need to be reminded over and over again, but that does not change the fact that I am His!! Praise His holy name!!

    Thankfully His,
    ann

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  2. Sounds like a great song :)

    I, too, am so grateful and thankful to belong to Him!

    Thanks, Ann, for sharing this.

    Praising His name with you,

    Loren

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  3. I’m struck by how much He desires us to know that we are His, and does all that He can possibly do to insure that. Maybe 20 years or so ago, a situation came up that really rocked me. I was seeking reconciliation with an estranged friend and to hear that she thought the things she did of me, saw it the way she did, shook me. Reading your post today reminds me that it most surely was the Holy Spirit coming to my rescue, because my immediate prayer became one of thanking Him for being His, remembering that I am a child of God, over and over throughout that day. And you know what? He did indeed restore our friendship and bring forgiveness between us! :) God bless you and thank you for the special way you minister His word to us!

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  4. What an awesome story :) I am glad that you were reconciled to your friend, praise God!

    What a comfort it is that, even in our darkest and loneliest moments, we have a Friend closer than a brother Who will never leave us nor forsake us. Even if everyone else walks away, our Heavenly Father never will. So thankful to be His child!

    Your brother in Christ,

    Loren

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