Spirit bears witness

Spirit bears witness

Romans 8:16
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

Galatians 5:22-25
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

John 10:27 KJV
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

John 14:27 KJV
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth , give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled , neither let it be afraid.

Over and over again, I struggle with “Am I saved?” Can a person who is saved not know he’s saved or even live in fear? However, this fear is a very powerful tool.
In what ways? Let’s derive from the following verses.
Psalms 111:10 KJV
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

Proverbs 1:7 KJV
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 9:10 KJV
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

Philippians 2:12 KJV
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed , not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

JC Ryle says “Never Rest Until You Are Justified”… Let us never rest until we know and feel that we are reconciled to God. Let it not content us to go to Church, use means of grace, and be reckoned Christians, without knowing whether our sins are pardoned, and our souls justified. Let us seek to know that we are one with Christ, and Christ in us–that our iniquities are forgiven, and our sins covered. Then, and then only, may we lie down in peace, and look forward to judgment without fear. The time is short. We are traveling on to a day when our lot for eternity must be decided. Let us give diligence that we may be found safe in that day. The souls that are found without Christ shall be cast into a hopeless prison.~ J.C. Ryle

This leaves me to wonder why do some christians are so at peace whilst some (like me) is so unsettled? Let’s take a deeper look. Am I really not at ease with God? Do I not come to God personally and call him Abba Father? Am I not personally coming to his Word and seeking? Am I not, at the very bottom of my heart, have that least bit of assurance that Jesus is in me, and I in him? Does it not cross my mind that there are some who will never open the bible and seek because it is fear some? Some with hardness of heart will never calls God his Father? Some does not even gives a hoot about salvation? Some won’t even obey the bible word of God but rather turn to some to people who will “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;” 2 Tim 4:3

I think we do see practical scenarios even in this life whereby some people are obviously safe, yet they do not feel safe. It’s obviously clean, but yet they feel dirty. That does not mean they are not safe, not clean. They are perfectly safe, and clean. No, this is not a false safety and false peace. Refer to the 1st verse of this article…. “The Spirit bears witness with our spirit, that we are children of God”. We may sin, we may fail… but the very point is, the Spirit drives us back to Christ. The Spirit drives us back to Christ to seek forgiveness, and confession. The Spirit drives us back to the Word. All these are basically acts of the Spirit. A person who hath not the gift of the Spirit will surely not come to Christ… much less call our heavenly Father ABBA.

Thank God once again for this moment of seeking.

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~ by ymsim on 2011/05/24.

2 Responses to “Spirit bears witness”

  1. It is no accident that in 1 John 2:1, when the Holy Spirit writes, “These things write I unto you, that ye sin not,” He follows that warning right away with a promise: “And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” God never wants us to sin, but for the times we do sin–He is quick and ready to forgive us. He is so ready to forgive us that He even prepared for our forgiveness ahead of time. He sent His Son to die for us even before we ever committed our first sins. What an amazing, forgiving God!

    God is quick to forgive a repenting sinner.
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  2. God Is Quick To Forgive

    “Then David said unto Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the LORD.’ And Nathan said unto David, ‘The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.'” (2 Samuel 12:13)

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