Rather, they changed because of the operation of God’s spirit that not only called, or invited, them but also changed their thinking and hope. That means that God's directions come from inside, not outside, of you. 1-3. (Romans 8:14,16). Perhaps they even pictured themselves welcoming back their loved ones from the grave. 10. —1 Thess. The Holy Spirit bears co-witness with our spirit that we are God's children. What does not prove that a person has been anointed by holy spirit? The Spirit tells us that we become children of God by faith. (Acts 1:8) They started to prophesy, or bear witness, concerning the wonderful things they had seen and heard. That means that God will embed light in your spirit man, leading and directing you on what to do. And I don’t doubt that the devil does whisper that in people’s ears, because it says at the end of days there are going to be people who think they have called Jesus, “Lord,” and they really haven’t. Yet, no matter what they are doing, they cannot help but remember the glorious hope that they have for the future.​—1 Cor. Now excitement filled the air as the high priest prepared to present the wave offering of two leavened loaves of new grain. with our spirit " in attendance". 10. John the Baptist was one such person. 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. So the witness of the Spirit is the work of the Spirit giving evidences in our lives that we are the sons of God. The inward witness may not come with a lot of shakings and spiritual razzmatazz. 8, 9. One thing we need as disciples is the assurance that we are right with God. 2:12. 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." My conscience divinely cleansed in the blood, bears me witness, Father! Furthermore, not all anointed Christians receive their anointing at their baptism. (Jas. (Gen. 1:28; Ps. It is then that the Holy Spirit bears witness through His written testimony with our spirits that we are children of God. 10. Despite its importance, the internal testimony of the Spirit is subject to misunderstanding. 8. I suppose that is because I am such a doubter. 15:53; 2 Pet. The Spirit also bears witness through his general work of making the word of God effective, for by this work he confirms Scripture’s promises of adoption to the hearts of believers. How does the way a person thinks change when he is anointed by holy spirit, and what causes this change? No. The Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit for confirmation. (Ex. That, too, is testimony given by the Holy Spirit. Romans 10:17. Peter explained it this way: “Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to make your calling and choosing sure for yourselves, for if you keep on doing these things, you will by no means ever fail. (1 Cor. This is such an important concept. 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. 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. 10 Those who have received this special invitation from God do not need another witness from any other source. THE HOLY SPIRIT’S WITNESS IN THE BIBLE Romans 8:16 expressly affirms: “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the child ren of God.” 11:10, 11) David was likewise moved by holy spirit. 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.” PRIVACY POLICY, https://assetsnffrgf-a.akamaihd.net/assets/m/2016045/univ/art/2016045_univ_sqr_xl.jpg, THE WATCHTOWER—STUDY EDITION January 2016, https://assetsnffrgf-a.akamaihd.net/assets/a/w/E/201601/wpub/w_E_201601_lg.jpg, Share —1 Thess. (1) Witness is usually borne in words, but not always. 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." Teaches us all things. 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. Jesus highly praised him but stated that John would not be included in the heavenly Kingdom. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: How do each bear witness? We need to have the confidence such assurance brings especially during difficult times. Romans 8:16, ESV: "The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God," ... His Spirit "bears witness," keeps communicating to us over and over that we belong in God's family now that we are in Christ. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary . On the contrary, they are eager to use each day in Jehovah’s service together with friends and relatives. The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are 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. This particular Sunday was special for those in Jerusalem. It is through the Word of God. The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” (Romans 8:14,16). Jesus referred to this inner process as being “born again,” or being “born from above.” [2] (John 3:3, 5; ftn.) 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. Two Ways the Holy Spirit Witnesses So here is the first thing I would say. So let me read the verses, because the verses themselves provide the clue to what Paul means here: All who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 3 Read Acts 2:2-4. Those who have received this special invitation from God do not need another witness from any other source. 13: The Spiritual Man (2) , Chapter 1, by Watchman Nee) Would you like to read this article in %%? Much as a jury might be involved with a case. Acts 2:38 ESV / 5 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful. It is an exceptional arrangement. It simply meant that Jehovah would resurrect them to life on a paradise earth.​—John 5:28, 29; Acts 24:15. ( Collected Works of Watchman Nee, The (Set 1) Vol. Let me explain. Should you be concerned with any increase in the number of those who claim to have the heavenly calling? so important to us? No one has ever seen God, but that shall not be true for ever. That means that God's directions come from inside, not outside, of you. He bears witness with your spirit, (the spirit of a person is their conscience as 1 Corinthians 2:11, and Romans 9:1 show), that you are a child of God. Another great way that God speaks to us and guides us is through the inward witness. They know! That is part of his assuring work. (See opening picture.). The Spirit of God is one witness to the fact. 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. How do we know that not all those who have received God’s spirit have been invited to go to heaven? Have you seen proof that Jehovah has personally intervened in your life? The confidence we carry that we belong to God, not because of our goodness or effort but because of His love for us, comes directly from God's Spirit with us. It is always a direction of life where we say, “This, this, and this were contrary to my selfish spirit, and God worked that in me. 1:3, 4) When anointed ones read those words, they know without any doubt whatsoever that their heavenly Father is speaking to them personally. Hence, “to our spirit” cannot be the meaning of the text here. 12 Those who have been invited in such a manner may wonder: ‘Why have I been selected? 8. (b) What other important event may have happened on the same day many years earlier? The Holy Spirit shows us how we must become God's children, and how to continue the Christian life. 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. Note that the Spirit does not give testimony apart from His Word. 3. A witness is adduced and this no less a witness than the Holy Spirit, the author of all truth. They are too selfish. Jehovah leaves no doubt whatsoever in their minds and hearts. This is only for info only: the book of 1 John. A group of about 120 Christians were gathered together, “persisting in prayer.” (Acts 1:13-15) What was about to happen to them was closely related to the actions of the high priest every Pentecost, and it also fulfilled a prophecy uttered by the prophet Joel about 800 years prior to that day. 11 When the holy spirit imparts this  conviction, the Christian who is anointed undergoes tremendous changes. Good News, NET Bible, Aramaic Bible in Plain English and Douay-Rheims all put "to" our spirit. The Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit for confirmation. And so, I really would like to help here if I can. God's Spirit bears witness in words. 2:12. [The clue that you are a son of God is that you are being led by the Spirit.] ^ [2] (paragraph 11) For further explanation of what it means to be born again, see The Watchtower, April 1, 2009, pp. 3-11. He explained further: “Do not be amazed because I told you: You people must be born again. Do you have a deep inner feeling of responsibility to help others spiritually? The Holy Spirit has a massive role in Romans 8, and in the rest of the Bible, but he is often overlooked. “The spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are God’s children.”—Rom. So we look for what it means to be led by the Spirit. How does 1 John 2:20, 27 show that anointed Christians do not need confirmation from others about their anointing? At times when you hear His guidance, you may even wonder, Was that me, Lord, or was that You? 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. No, it does not. Having the sense of -The Spirit bears witness to our spirit. If you think that you might have, ponder  some important questions. 8:16 The Spirit himself beareth witness with our spirit that we are the children of God. The spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are God’s children.” (Rom. 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. They longed for the time when Jehovah would cleanse this earth, and they wanted to be part of that blessed future. 8. 19:1) If that is the case, then just as Moses was used to bring Israel into the Law covenant on that day, so Jesus Christ now brought a new nation, spiritual Israel, into the new covenant on the same day. 1:18; 1 Pet. 11:10) Only a remnant of those selected for heavenly life remains here on earth in this time of the end. “The spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are God’s children.”​—ROM. But whether he finally receives his reward in heaven or not depends on his proving faithful to his calling. So it is with everyone who has been born from the spirit.” (John 3:7, 8) Clearly, it is impossible to explain fully this personal calling to those who have not experienced it. 4. —1 Thess. 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. 2:10. 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. The bible says that this is the way (the proof) that one knows that one is a child of God. 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 me and not someone else?’ They may even question their own worthiness. As the scripture above says, your spirit is a candle of the Lord. This calling causes a profound change in the thinking, outlook, and hope of a person when he is anointed.​—Read Ephesians 1:18. You may ask how you can know if you are truly receiving the witness of salvation from the Holy Spirit and not some other spirit. If you have done what the Spirit says, then the Spirit says you are a child of God. 2:12. The year was 33 C.E., and it was the day of Pentecost. [1] The high priest offered two symbolic loaves to Jehovah on that day. What does 1 John 2:27 mean when it says that an anointed Christian does not need someone else to teach him? 2:12. To argue that the Spirit bears witness to our spirits seems to presuppose that the moment of salvation is in view. At times when you hear His guidance, you may even wonder, Was that me, Lord, or was that You? They do not need someone else to verify what has happened to them. The rest of those who were present in Jerusalem that day received their anointing at their baptism. This person is thinking about Romans 8:14–16. Ty asks, “What does it mean for the Spirit to bear witness with our spirit that we are children of God (Romans 8:16)?”. That’s 8:16. But the present tense (summarturei', summarturei) argues against this; this is an activity that is ongoing in the life of the believer. TERMS OF USE “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. Why not? (Acts 2:38) There was no tongue as if of fire above their heads. 8 The vast majority of God’s servants today may find this anointing process difficult to comprehend, and rightly so. 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. How does 1 John 2:20, 27 show that anointed Christians do not need confirmation from others about their anointing? So here is the first thing I would say. Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. Do you feel that you have more than average zeal in the ministry? (Isa. The Lord does offer such assurance, and does so through the Holy Spirit. How do each bear witness? Ro 8:16 The Spirit himself beareth witness with our spirit that we are the children of God. We are told this entails being baptized to put on Christ (Galatians 3:26,27). 6. They looked forward to living in the homes that they built and eating the fruitage of trees that they planted. Even after we have become born again, not only our spirit but also our flesh speaks to us. 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 effect that only 144,000 Christians are spirit … How does the Spirit bear witness with our spirit that we are the children of God? The most powerful force in the universe has given them this conviction! THE WATCHTOWER—STUDY EDITION January 2016, Audio download options They did not become dissatisfied with that hope. They are too self-reliant. 5:4) They have not lost interest in this life, wanting it to end quickly. A non believer will have a spirit of man or of the enemy. 3. That is how the Spirit beareth witness – through the Word of God. Father!” 16 k The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then l heirs —heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, m provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. 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. We need to know that we are on the right course. See Heb 10:15. In fact, if you are wondering whether you have received the heavenly calling, that would in itself indicate that you have not received it. He is author of. If you look within and take your eyes off of Jesus, what is the Holy Spirit going to glorify? 13. We are not committed to our own tentative conjectures; or to our own imaginations and fancies. We are aware of His witness as we walk in the light, just as Jesus is in the light. 37:29) The selection of some to go to heaven to rule as kings and priests is not the norm. That's because God doesn't normally inject thoughts directly into your mind from the outside. Copyright © 2021 Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania. How do anointed ones feel about their life here on earth? 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. His Spirit "bears witness," keeps communicating to us over and over that we belong in God's family now that we are in Christ. Here is one last counsel. The Bible is the Bible, and the Spirit is the Spirit, but they ALWAYS work together. 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. In childlike simplicity you will seek to begin each day with the simple prayer: Father! But it is our spirit that the Holy Spirit bears witness with to guide us into the truth. 6 So not all are anointed in exactly the same manner. So the work of the Spirit leading us is the Spirit witnessing in our lives that we are God’s. 1:13, 14) This special operation of holy spirit becomes like a down payment, a guarantee (or, a pledge) of what is to come. Our spirit is a corroborative witness. 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. You look to them, because that is whom the Holy Spirit glorifies. What might an anointed Christian wonder, but what does he never doubt? He dwells in the heart by faith. For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 5. (Lev. Surely, here there is firm standing ground for the most timid feet. 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. 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). Are you a keen student of God’s Word who loves to delve into “the deep things of God”? 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. But the Spirit bears witness not only to what we are, but also to what we shall be. With us listening. These questions will be answered in the next article. 7. If you answer these questions with a resounding yes, does this mean that you now have the heavenly calling? Like Abraham, they look forward to living as subjects under the Kingdom arrangement. (Matt. 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. The spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are God’s children.” (Rom. In fact, in this way you will be richly granted entrance into the everlasting Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Pet. Sometimes, your head or mind may not agree, but the inward witness just bears witness within you that this is the right path. They entertain the same hope as did David, John the Baptist, and other faithful men and women of old. —1 Thess. —1 Thess. 23:15-20) This offering marked the start of the wheat harvest. (a) What reward do most of God’s servants look forward to today? The Samaritans received their anointing by holy spirit sometime after their baptism. That person is sure of his invitation. The Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirits that we are the children of God. It is part of my ministry. 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, 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. 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. And I want to be really clear here: Never does the Bible say that the evidence is perfection. Their hearts are bursting with joy and appreciation. -1 Thessalonians 2:12. (Joel 2:28-32; Acts 2: 16-21) What could possibly happen that would be of such great importance? The regular morning sacrifices had no doubt already been offered at the temple. 20:6. 16:13) He was a man of great spiritual depth and was even inspired to write sections of the Bible. . He confirms to us what is true on some deep and unspoken level. Be Determined to “Let Your Brotherly Love Continue”! 12:17) This means that the majority of the 144,000 chosen ones have already died faithfully. 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. 4 Why is Pentecost 33 C.E. The Spirit of God witnesses to the redemption of our Lord, and to nothing else. 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.] A non believer will have a spirit of man or of the enemy. Romans 8:16-18. 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. 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.”. The leavened loaves offered at the temple represented the anointed disciples who were taken from sinful mankind to become God’s adopted sons. I get that in verse 14: “All who are led by the Spirit are sons of God.”. 8:16), He assures us of the sacred truth of His Word. His work provides evidences, and that is what witnesses do; they give evidences of reality. 17, 18. I am not saying that the Holy Spirit speaking to us is the same as the Bible speaking to us. “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 … 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. In other words, as we look at our lives, are there evidences that the Spirit is producing things that are contrary to a fallen, unbelieving, selfish human nature? The Spirit of God is one witness to the fact. 14 Should we conclude, then, that these anointed ones want to die? 15. We will be able to sense a different spirit in someone. God’s holy spirit was poured out on that group of Christians who were gathered in the upper room. Our spirit is a regenerated and renewed spirit, and He who dwells in, yet is distinct from, our spirit is the Holy Spirit. God's Spirit bears witness in words. It does not say that He bears witness to our spirit but "together with" it. That’s 8:16. 1:10, 11) Each anointed Christian must, therefore, struggle to remain faithful. “Hearing” is not an audible voice; it is hearing the word of God’s grace. How do we know that not all those who are anointed receive their anointing in exactly the same way? 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. How does 1 John 2:20, 27 show that anointed Christians do not need confirmation from others about their anointing? What it means is two things and these are in the text: It is the work of the Spirit. God the Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirits that we belong to Him as His children (v. 16). Jehovah’s spirit works with equal force in those who have the hope of living forever on earth. 3:1; Rev. Aramaic Bible in Plain English And that Spirit testifies to our spirit that we are sons of God; Be Compelled by God’s “Indescribable Free Gift”, Working Together With God​—A Cause for Rejoicing. Future Glory. 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. So if your heart rises up not only to say, “Father, Father, I need you,” but also rises up to say, “Jesus, my Master, my Lord, my God, my everything,” that is the Holy Spirit in you. I can identify with those who are consistently groping for that one thing that will completely stabilize their spirituality. IT WAS early Sunday morning, about nine o’clock. 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. 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. The spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are God’s children.” (Rom. Title: How the Spirit Bears Witness with Our Spirit . The spirit itself bears witness with out spirit that we are God's children." He confirms to us what is true on some deep and unspoken level. 2:10) Have you seen Jehovah’s special blessing on your ministry? This is enormously important, because what I have found over the years is that right up there with fear and lust and anger, Christians everywhere at some time deal with the problem of the assurance of salvation: “Am I really a Christian?” Every Christian deals with this at some point, and some Christians, all the time. We’re on a mission to change that. 13 Before receiving this personal witness from God’s spirit, these Christians cherished an earthly hope. I thank you, God, for giving me some measure of evidence that I belong to God.”. The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: Jump to: Barnes • Clarke • Gill • GSB • JFB • MHC • PNT • SCO • VWS • WES. The Bible is the Bible, and the Spirit is the Spirit, but they ALWAYS work together. Therefore, I have a ministry to doubters. 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