10. 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. 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. God's Spirit bears witness in words. 12:17) This means that the majority of the 144,000 chosen ones have already died faithfully. Copyright © 2021 Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania. Those called by Jehovah do not wonder whether they have been invited or not! 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. 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.] We are also aware of his witness when we sin and come under his holy conviction. 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.” The Spirit itself 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 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 … And I want to be really clear here: Never does the Bible say that the evidence is perfection. Now excitement filled the air as the high priest prepared to present the wave offering of two leavened loaves of new grain. Jesus highly praised him but stated that John would not be included in the heavenly Kingdom. The Bible is the Bible, and the Spirit is the Spirit, but they ALWAYS work together. How do each bear witness? He confirms to us what is true on some deep and unspoken level. He is author of. Romans 8:16 reads simplyaujtoV toV pneu'ma summarturei' tw'/ pneuvmati hJmw'n o{ti ejsmeVn tevkna qeou'. 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 (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. The Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit for confirmation. (1 Sam. so important to us? Jesus referred to this inner process as being “born again,” or being “born from above.” [2] (John 3:3, 5; ftn.) 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. What does 1 John 2:27 mean when it says that an anointed Christian does not need someone else to teach him? 2:10. 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. [1] The high priest offered two symbolic loaves to Jehovah on that day. Furthermore, not all anointed Christians receive their anointing at their baptism. (a) Why should we be interested in what happened at Pentecost? The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, The spirit of God bears witness to the truth and to another believer because we are of the same spirit. 8. Be Compelled by God’s “Indescribable Free Gift”, Working Together With God​—A Cause for Rejoicing. The bible says that this is the way (the proof) that one knows that one is a child of God. He dwells in the heart by faith. Be Determined to “Let Your Brotherly Love Continue”! To argue that the Spirit bears witness to our spirits seems to presuppose that the moment of salvation is in view. 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. That’s 8:16. The Bible is the Bible, and the Spirit is the Spirit, but they ALWAYS work together. That means that God's directions come from inside, not outside, of you. If you answer these questions with a resounding yes, does this mean that you now have the heavenly calling? What it means is two things and these are in the text: It is the work of the Spirit. 65:21-23) Why did their thinking change? Have you seen proof that Jehovah has personally intervened in your life? (1) Witness is usually borne in words, but not always. The Spirit of God is one witness to the fact. 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. These questions will be answered in the next article. The year was 33 C.E., and it was the day of Pentecost. Despite its importance, the internal testimony of the Spirit is subject to misunderstanding. They entertain the same hope as did David, John the Baptist, and other faithful men and women of old. But it is our spirit that the Holy Spirit bears witness with to guide us into the truth. 15 Perhaps you are wondering if you have received this wonderful invitation. (Romans 8:14,16). 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. But the present tense (summarturei', summarturei) argues against this; this is an activity that is ongoing in the life of the believer. 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. (Joel 2:28-32; Acts 2: 16-21) What could possibly happen that would be of such great importance? So here is the first thing I would say. 11:10, 11) David was likewise moved by holy spirit. How do we know that not all those who have received God’s spirit have been invited to go to heaven? 17 The vast majority of God’s servants today do not have this heavenly calling. (b) What questions will we consider in the next article? Their hearts are bursting with joy and appreciation. 2:12. Ty asks, “What does it mean for the Spirit to bear witness with our spirit that we are children of God (Romans 8:16)?”. Good News, NET Bible, Aramaic Bible in Plain English and Douay-Rheims all put "to" our spirit. Our spirit is a corroborative witness. 3. 3. 10. In childlike simplicity you will seek to begin each day with the simple prayer: Father! But they do not need anyone to validate their anointing. We need to have the confidence such assurance brings especially during difficult times. (Isa. God’s holy spirit was poured out on that group of Christians who were gathered in the upper room. 16:13) He was a man of great spiritual depth and was even inspired to write sections of the Bible. 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. 1:10, 11) Each anointed Christian must, therefore, struggle to remain faithful. Let me explain. How do each bear witness? (b) What other important event may have happened on the same day many years earlier? Romans 8 says the Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit. That's because God doesn't normally inject thoughts directly into your mind from the outside. The Spirit himself bears witness [is witnessing in that cry, “Abba, Father”] with our spirit that we are the children of God. The Holy Spirit bears witness to Christians’ sonship, in part, through his general work of providing Christians with a foretaste of the goods things to come. 11, 12. 13. Would you like to read this article in %%? We need to have the confidence such assurance brings especially during difficult times. 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. Jehovah leaves no doubt whatsoever in their minds and hearts. He bears witness with our spirit within us. It simply meant that Jehovah would resurrect them to life on a paradise earth.​—John 5:28, 29; Acts 24:15. 3:1; Rev. All of our resources exist to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ. 2:10) Have you seen Jehovah’s special blessing on your ministry? (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? 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 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. Hence, “to our spirit” cannot be the meaning of the text here. 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. 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. No, it does not. What might an anointed Christian wonder, but what does he never doubt? 14 Should we conclude, then, that these anointed ones want to die? One thing we need as disciples is the assurance that we are right with God. 10. 7. (a) Why is it difficult for most people to understand what happens when someone is anointed? The regular morning sacrifices had no doubt already been offered at the temple. (Acts 1:8) They started to prophesy, or bear witness, concerning the wonderful things they had seen and heard. THE WATCHTOWER—STUDY EDITION January 2016, Share This calling causes a profound change in the thinking, outlook, and hope of a person when he is anointed.​—Read Ephesians 1:18. Exegetically and theologically, th… 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. Title: How the Spirit Bears Witness with Our Spirit . —1 Thess. 4 Why is Pentecost 33 C.E. 23:15-20) This offering marked the start of the wheat harvest. Anointed by holy spirit: Jehovah uses his holy spirit to invite a person to rule with Jesus in heaven. 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. The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God." I am not saying that the Holy Spirit speaking to us is the same as the Bible speaking to us. If you look within and take your eyes off of Jesus, what is the Holy Spirit going to glorify? THE WATCHTOWER—STUDY EDITION January 2016, Audio download options I suppose that is because I am such a doubter. Do you have a burning desire to do Jehovah’s will? Our spirit is a regenerated and renewed spirit, and He who dwells in, yet is distinct from, our spirit is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirits that we are the children of God. Note that the Spirit does not give testimony apart from His Word. By means of his spirit, he gives that person a promise for the future, or “a token in advance.” These Christians can say that the holy spirit “bears witness,” or makes clear, … But it is as supernatural as any other leading from God. The Holy Spirit bears witness to Christians’ sonship, in part, through his general work of providing Christians with a foretaste of the goods things to come. Perhaps they even pictured themselves welcoming back their loved ones from the grave. (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. Teaches us all things. I get that in verse 14: “All who are led by the Spirit are sons of God.”. The Spirit of God witnesses to the redemption of our Lord, and to nothing else. And so, I really would like to help here if I can. 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. They did not change their mind because of emotional stress or turmoil. But whether he finally receives his reward in heaven or not depends on his proving faithful to his calling. 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. Do you feel that you have more than average zeal in the ministry? How do anointed ones feel about their life here on earth? They did not become dissatisfied with that hope. 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. 7 Does the Christian who receives this token have a guaranteed future in heaven? 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. Another great way that God speaks to us and guides us is through the inward witness. God’s original purpose was for mankind to live forever here on earth. No. That, too, is testimony given by the Holy Spirit. (1) Witness is usually borne in words, but not always. 14. We are aware of His witness as we walk in the light, just as Jesus is in the light. There is no way we can understand all that heaven is like. Romans 8:16-18. His Spirit "bears witness," keeps communicating to us over and over that we belong in God's family now that we are in Christ. 6 So not all are anointed in exactly the same manner. Should you be concerned with any increase in the number of those who claim to have the heavenly calling? Even after we have become born again, not only our spirit but also our flesh speaks to us. When we hear and obey, He assures our hearts of our acceptability unto God. He cannot witness to our reason. 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. 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. Those who have received this special invitation from God do not need another witness from any other source. Ro 8:16 The Spirit himself beareth witness with our spirit that we are the children of God. We need to know that we are on the right course. 1:18; 1 Pet. Like Abraham, they look forward to living as subjects under the Kingdom arrangement. 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. 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. 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. So we look for what it means to be led by the Spirit. 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. One of these misunderstandings relates to … 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. Yet, no matter what they are doing, they cannot help but remember the glorious hope that they have for the future.​—1 Cor. The Lord does offer such assurance, and does so through the Holy Spirit. 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 source of assurance is not finally found by focusing on our hearts and ourselves. In fact, in this way you will be richly granted entrance into the everlasting Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Pet. They are too self-reliant. It was a festival day; it was also a sabbath. 20:6. 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