So we look for love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness (see Galatians 5:22–23). Do you feel that you have more than average zeal in the ministry? We will be able to sense a different spirit in someone. 23:15-20) This offering marked the start of the wheat harvest. How do each bear witness? Our spirit is a regenerated and renewed spirit, and He who dwells in, yet is distinct from, our spirit is the Holy Spirit. The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs–heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. The Spirit tells us that we become children of God by faith. The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 1 ... You shall not fall in with the many to do evil, nor shall you bear witness in a lawsuit, siding with the many, so as to pervert justice, Revelation 20:3 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful. Here is the second one: It means a heartfelt cry rises up in us to God as our Father and Christ as our Lord: “You have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba, Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit.”, So, when there arises in the believer’s heart a humble, authentic, dependent, thankful, happy, “Father, Father,” that is the Holy Spirit, because a person who is without Christ cannot call out to God in a dependent, loving, thankful, humble way. This particular Sunday was special for those in Jerusalem. (Heb. (Joel 2:28-32; Acts 2: 16-21) What could possibly happen that would be of such great importance? But it is as supernatural as any other leading from God. At times when you hear His guidance, you may even wonder, Was that me, Lord, or was that You? What does 1 John 2:27 mean when it says that an anointed Christian does not need someone else to teach him? The inward witness may not come with a lot of shakings and spiritual razzmatazz. Our spirit is a corroborative witness. (Acts 2:6-12) But do all those who are anointed by holy spirit receive their anointing in the same spectacular manner as that first group of about 120 disciples did? 3 Read Acts 2:2-4. 2:9) So whether it is our hope to make our home in heaven with Jesus or to live forever on a paradise earth, our lives are deeply affected by the events of that day! It is through the word of God! 13 Before receiving this personal witness from God’s spirit, these Christians cherished an earthly hope. “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” I deal with doubters. 1-3. Hence, “to our spirit” cannot be the meaning of the text here. They are too selfish. (b) What other important event may have happened on the same day many years earlier? A witness is adduced and this no less a witness than the Holy Spirit, the author of all truth. There are two witnesses to our sonship, first, our own spirit, taking God at His Word ("As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God," John i.12), bears witness to our sonship. 2:12. . The witness of the Holy Spirit that you are a child of God is not a word whispered in your ear, “You are my child.” This is such an important concept. Then he told his audience: “Repent, and let each one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the free gift of the holy spirit.” Altogether about 3,000 accepted the invitation that day, were baptized, and received the promised holy spirit.​—Acts 2:37, 38, 41. The spirit itself bears witness with out spirit that we are God's children." That’s 8:16. There is an internal testimony within the hearts of believers that assures them of God’s fatherhood and preservation of them as His beloved sons and daughters. 5 If you were one of the disciples who had what appeared to be a tongue of fire rest on his head, you would never forget that day. (1 Sam. We need to know that we are on the right course. He explained further: “Do not be amazed because I told you: You people must be born again. That's because God doesn't normally inject thoughts directly into your mind from the outside. Even now the Spirit dwells within us as a witness that we shall see God, as a pledge that we shall share the life of heaven, where the risen Christ has already gone ahead to prepare a place for us too. To argue that the Spirit bears witness to our spirits seems to presuppose that the moment of salvation is in view. Exegetically and theologically, th… The Holy Spirit Himself, it affirms, bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God; and then it goes on to develop the idea of chfldship to God from the point of view of the benefits it contains—"and if children then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ." (See endnote.). There are two possible translations at the crucial juncture. THE WATCHTOWER—STUDY EDITION January 2016, The Watchtower—Study Edition  |  January 2016, They Offered Themselves Willingly​—In Oceania. So I believe that when Romans 8:16 says that the Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are saved, He always does so through the Scriptures. 8. Just as it has taught you, remain in union with him.” (1 John 2:20, 27) These ones need spiritual instruction just like everyone else. That's because God doesn't normally inject thoughts directly into your mind from the outside. They know! 4 Why is Pentecost 33 C.E. It does not say that He bears witness to our spirit but "together with" it. 1:10, 11) Each anointed Christian must, therefore, struggle to remain faithful.  |  The bible says that this is the way (the proof) that one knows that one is a child of God. There is an internal testimony within the hearts of believers that assures them of God’s fatherhood and preservation of them as His beloved sons and daughters. 8:16), He assures us of the sacred truth of His Word. The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs–heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. That is external. Two Ways the Holy Spirit Witnesses So here is the first thing I would say. As the scripture above says, your spirit is a candle of the Lord. —1 Thess. All of our resources exist to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ. Romans 8:16 "The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God," YES the Spirit would let you know when it happens or thereafter. Romans 8 says the Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit. We are inclined to mistake the simplicity that comes from our natural commonsense decisions for the witness of the Spirit, but the Spirit witnesses only to His own nature, and to the work of redemption, never to our reason. That person is sure of his invitation. 17 The vast majority of God’s servants today do not have this heavenly calling. 20:6. Let me explain. Romans 10:17. These questions will be answered in the next article. But the present tense (summarturei', summarturei) argues against this; this is an activity that is ongoing in the life of the believer. 3. Do you have a burning desire to do Jehovah’s will? (Acts 2:38) There was no tongue as if of fire above their heads. 12 Those who have been invited in such a manner may wonder: ‘Why have I been selected? It is found by focusing on that Lord and that Father, because Jesus said in John 16:13–14, “When the Spirit of truth comes . They did not give up on this earth, as if they suddenly felt that they would find living forever on earth to be tiresome or boring; nor did they merely want to explore some new frontier in heaven. 8 The vast majority of God’s servants today may find this anointing process difficult to comprehend, and rightly so. What it means is two things and these are in the text: It is the work of the Spirit. Romans 8 says the Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit. Ty asks, “What does it mean for the Spirit to bear witness with our spirit that we are children of God (Romans 8:16)?”. The Spirit himself bears witness [is witnessing in that cry, “Abba, Father”] with our spirit that we are the children of God. The Spirit of God is one witness to the fact. 6 So not all are anointed in exactly the same manner. When we choose to believe the promises of God that we have life in Jesus as we accept Him as our Saviour, the Bible says we have life and the inner witness, the conviction of the Holy Spirit, that this is so (1 John 5:9-13). Note that the Spirit does not give testimony apart from His Word. How do each bear witness? It is impossible to perceive all that became ours when we were born again. How do we know that not all those who are anointed receive their anointing in exactly the same way? My conscience divinely cleansed in the blood, bears me witness, Father! 11, 12. Be Compelled by God’s “Indescribable Free Gift”, Working Together With God​—A Cause for Rejoicing. The witness of the Holy Spirit that you are a child of God is not a word whispered in your ear, “You are my child.” That is not the way he does it. The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. The Spirit of God is one witness to the fact. See Heb 10:15. Some may have had a rather sudden realization of their calling, while others experienced a more gradual realization. The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. (a) What reward do most of God’s servants look forward to today? 1:7; 8:15, 16) So by means of his holy spirit, God makes it clear to anointed ones that they have this heavenly calling. 2:12. There is nothing for him to magnify if you are not looking at Jesus and the Father. IT WAS early Sunday morning, about nine o’clock. 2 While all these things were taking place in the temple area, something of far greater importance was about to occur, not at the temple, but in an upper room in the city. The Lord does offer such assurance, and does so through the Holy Spirit. They longed for the time when Jehovah would cleanse this earth, and they wanted to be part of that blessed future. The spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are God’s children.” (Rom. So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. The Holy Spirit bears co-witness with our spirit that we are God's children. 2:10) Have you seen Jehovah’s special blessing on your ministry? (1) Witness is usually borne in words, but not always. His Spirit "bears witness," keeps communicating to us over and over that we belong in God's family now that we are in Christ. How does 1 John 2:20, 27 show that anointed Christians do not need confirmation from others about their anointing? (Gen. 1:28; Ps. 1:3, 4) When anointed ones read those words, they know without any doubt whatsoever that their heavenly Father is speaking to them personally. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary . Despite its importance, the internal testimony of the Spirit is subject to misunderstanding. 5. “The spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are God’s children.”— Rom 8:16 With this article and the next, the Governing Body is attempting to reaffirm the interpretation that Judge Rutherford made in the August 1 and 15 Watchtower to the … 8, 9. We are told this entails being baptized to put on Christ (Galatians 3:26,27). 1:7; 8:15, 16) So by means of his holy spirit, God makes it clear to anointed ones that they have this heavenly calling. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: Now, of course, that comes from Romans 8:16, “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” Let me tell you this, The witness is varied. Much as a jury might be involved with a case. 65:21-23) Why did their thinking change? We need to know that we are on the right course. That means that God's directions come from inside, not outside, of you. “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God (and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ) if indeed we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with Him.” I lean towards the second. If you look within and take your eyes off of Jesus, what is the Holy Spirit going to glorify? The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” (Romans 8:14,16). He cannot witness to our reason. (1) Witness is usually borne in words, but not always. 11:10) Only a remnant of those selected for heavenly life remains here on earth in this time of the end. The spirit of God bears witness to the truth and to another believer because we are of the same spirit. he will glorify me,” which means, if you want the Holy Spirit to be at work in you awakening that authentic cry to Jesus — “My Lord” — and to God — “My Father” — you look to them. In this lab, John Piper highlights the work of the Holy Spirit, specifically three ways he testifies that we are the children of God. Why not? The witness of conscience, as to what you are doing, and will do by grace, will be met by the witness of the Spirit as to what Christ is doing and will do. That, too, is testimony given by the Holy Spirit. Sometimes, your head or mind may not agree, but the inward witness just bears witness within you that this is the right path. 6. Teaches us all things. To a multitude that soon gathered, the apostle Peter explained the significance of what had happened. 16. Either “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are God’s children,” or “The Spirit himself bears witness toour spirit that we are God’s children.” Grammatically, the issue is simply this: Is tw'/ pneuvmati (to„ pneumati) a dative of association (“with our spirit”) or a dative indirect object (“to our spirit”)? Title: How the Spirit Bears Witness with Our Spirit . 12:17) This means that the majority of the 144,000 chosen ones have already died faithfully. The Spirit of God witnesses to the redemption of our Lord, and to nothing else. —1 Thess. (a) Why should we be interested in what happened at Pentecost? We’re on a mission to change that. Like Abraham, they look forward to living as subjects under the Kingdom arrangement. He dwells in the heart by faith. God the Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirits that we belong to Him as His children (v. 16). The spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are God’s children.” (Rom. (Romans 8:14,16). The Spirit bears witness that we have become God's children by informing us what is involved in becoming such. And the devil could do that to an unbeliever. Do you have a deep inner feeling of responsibility to help others spiritually? I suppose that is because I am such a doubter. (See opening picture.). 2:12. 1:7; 8:15, 16) Simply put, by means of his holy spirit, God makes it clear to that person that he is invited to become a future heir in the Kingdom arrangement.​—1 Thess. The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, Hebrews 4:12 ESV / 5 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful. Even after we have become born again, not only our spirit but also our flesh speaks to us. According to the Westminster Confession of Faith, there are three pillars of assurance of salvation: the promises of God’s Word, the works which the Holy Spirit produces, and the inner witness of the Spirit to the believer. “Hearing” is not an audible voice; it is hearing the word of God’s grace. How do each bear witness? They did not change their mind because of emotional stress or turmoil. Yet, no matter what they are doing, they cannot help but remember the glorious hope that they have for the future.​—1 Cor. There would be no question in your mind that you were anointed by holy spirit, especially if you also received the miraculous gift of speaking in a foreign language. Would you like to read this article in %%? (Mark 12:36) Still, at Pentecost, Peter said of David that he “did not ascend to the heavens.” (Acts 2:34) Holy spirit worked mightily in such ones, but it did not give them the special witness that they had been selected for heavenly life. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba, Father!” [a very intimate, warm, personal, affectionate cry to God as our Father.] How He does this is explained in Gal iv.6, "Because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father." But it is our spirit that the Holy Spirit bears witness with to guide us into the truth. 46 The Holy Spirit Bears Witness With Our Spirit “walk in the light” the blood of Christ will continue to cleanse them. He confirms to us what is true on some deep and unspoken level. ^ [2] (paragraph 11) For further explanation of what it means to be born again, see The Watchtower, April 1, 2009, pp. 3-11. The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. And the reason I said it is also a heart cry to Jesus as Lord is because he says almost the same thing in 1 Corinthians 12:3: “Therefore I want you to understand no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says ‘Jesus is accursed!’ and no one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except in the Holy Spirit.”. Paul was inspired to answer this way: “In fact, we who are in this tent groan, being weighed down, because we do not want to put this one off, but we want to put the other on, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.” (2 Cor. “I believe in the forgiveness of sins.” Those words may have become stale or even cliché for some, but they represent the beauty and scandal of our confession. 1:13, 14) This special operation of holy spirit becomes like a down payment, a guarantee (or, a pledge) of what is to come. 1:18; 1 Pet. —1 Thess. Not only does the Holy Spirit bring about the work of conversion, but after it has taken place, after Christ has come into your heart, the Holy Spirit personally gives you the assurance that you are a believer. The apostle John tells such anointed Christians: “You have an anointing from the holy one, and all of you have knowledge.” He further states: “As for you, the anointing that you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to be teaching you; but the anointing from him is teaching you about all things and is true and is no lie. An anointed Christian gains an inner  conviction because of this token that he or she has received.​—Read 2 Corinthians 1:21, 22; 5:5. This person is thinking about Romans 8:14–16. If you go back to 8:15, you know what you find? 5:4) They have not lost interest in this life, wanting it to end quickly. [The clue that you are a son of God is that you are being led by the Spirit.] (Lev. But they do not question the fact that they have been invited. But the Spirit bears witness not only to what we are, but also to what we shall be. with our spirit " in attendance". (Ex. 14. The Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit for confirmation. But whether he finally receives his reward in heaven or not depends on his proving faithful to his calling. “The spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are God’s children.”—Rom. Title: How the Spirit Bears Witness with Our Spirit . They don’t treat God that way. —1 Thess. It is an exceptional arrangement. If that were not true, then how else could we really know that it is the Holy Spirit? Right there in the context of Romans 8:16, the Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we’re children of God. Their hearts are bursting with joy and appreciation. We are aware of His witness as we walk in the light, just as Jesus is in the light. Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. I get that in verse 14: “All who are led by the Spirit are sons of God.”. Should you be concerned with any increase in the number of those who claim to have the heavenly calling? A non believer will have a spirit of man or of the enemy. 7. 1:7; 8:15, 16) Simply put, by means of his holy spirit, God makes it clear to that person that he is invited to become a future heir in the Kingdom arrangement. 9 But how does a person know that he has the heavenly calling, that he has, in fact, received this special token? 16:13) He was a man of great spiritual depth and was even inspired to write sections of the Bible. See Heb 10:15. The regular morning sacrifices had no doubt already been offered at the temple. 10. This is such an important concept. How do anointed ones feel about their life here on earth? 2:10. The year was 33 C.E., and it was the day of Pentecost. Be Determined to “Let Your Brotherly Love Continue”! So the witness of the Spirit is the work of the Spirit giving evidences in our lives that we are the sons of God. That, too, is testimony given by the Holy Spirit. Our spirit is a corroborative witness. That did not mean that they were in some way unworthy or deficient. Acts 2:38 ESV / 5 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful. How does the way a person thinks change when he is anointed by holy spirit, and what causes this change? How does 1 John 2:20, 27 show that anointed Christians do not need confirmation from others about their anointing? 1:7; 8:15, 16) Simply put, by means of his holy spirit, God makes it clear to that person that he is invited to become a future heir in the Kingdom arrangement. God's Spirit bears witness in words. On the contrary, they are eager to use each day in Jehovah’s service together with friends and relatives. THE WATCHTOWER—STUDY EDITION January 2016, Audio download options It simply meant that Jehovah would resurrect them to life on a paradise earth.​—John 5:28, 29; Acts 24:15. They entertain the same hope as did David, John the Baptist, and other faithful men and women of old. The wind blows where it wants to, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from and where it is going. The Holy Spirit has a massive role in Romans 8, and in the rest of the Bible, but he is often overlooked. Right there in the context of Romans 8:16, the Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we’re children of God. ..pmd Author: Dr. Donnie S. Barnes Created Date: 2/20/2008 5:54:01 AM It was a festival day; it was also a sabbath. (Romans 1:7; 8:15, 16) Simply put, by means of his holy spirit, God makes it clear to that person that he is invited to become a future heir in the Kingdom arrangement. So, bottom line, the Holy Spirit’s witness is, one, his work in us to create evidences that we are his children by producing the fruits of the Spirit and, two, his awakening heartfelt cry in us: “Daddy, Father, I need you,” and, “Jesus, you are my Lord; you are my guide; you are my treasure.” When our hearts are crying out with authentic dependence like that, and our lives are giving some evidence of his presence, then that is the work of the Holy Spirit witnessing. The Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit for confirmation. We need to have the confidence such assurance brings especially during difficult times. Because these are not unique feelings experienced only by those who have the heavenly calling. John the Baptist was one such person. How does 1 John 2:20, 27 show that anointed Christians do not need confirmation from others about their anointing? What do all anointed ones receive, and how does this affect them? 3. That is the evidence of God in your life. Good News, NET Bible, Aramaic Bible in Plain English and Douay-Rheims all put "to" our spirit. And if you go to Galatians 5, being led by the Spirit — walking by the Spirit, living by the Spirit — is the same as bearing the fruit of the Spirit. ( Collected Works of Watchman Nee, The (Set 1) Vol. He confirms to us what is true on some deep and unspoken level. Furthermore, not all anointed Christians receive their anointing at their baptism. 10. Copyright © 2021 Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania. The Spirit Himself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God." But they do not need anyone to validate their anointing. The answer is clearly seen in Paul’s words to the anointed brothers in Rome, who were “called to be holy ones.” He told them: “You did not receive a spirit of slavery causing fear again, but you received a spirit of adoption as sons, by which spirit we cry out: ‘Abba, Father!’ The spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are God’s children.” (Rom. However, no matter how this anointing takes place, each one has what the apostle Paul described: “After you believed, you were sealed by means of him with the promised holy spirit, which is a token in advance of our inheritance.” (Eph. Jesus referred to this inner process as being “born again,” or being “born from above.” [2] (John 3:3, 5; ftn.) I am not saying that the Holy Spirit speaking to us is the same as the Bible speaking to us. 15. “The spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are God’s children.”​—ROM. God's Spirit bears witness in words. Have you seen proof that Jehovah has personally intervened in your life? 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