The Witness of the Spirit   4 comments

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Rom. 8, 16

1.  Sin is real, man sees and feels it.  He needs rest in the assurance of deliverance.

2.  Foundation in scripture:

Rom. 5, 5 & 8, 15.

2 Cor. 1, 22 & 5, 5-6.

Gal. 4, 6.

Eph. 1, 13.

1 Jno. 3, 14 & 24.

1 Jno. 5, 6, 7, 10 & 19.

3.  Paul here speaks not of the indirect but of the direct testimony, which is the inner conviction or testimony of the Spirit that I am His child.  Not of eternal but of present salvation.

How [to] know it is his voice?  He wills I should know it is He.  His is a fatherly voice.  Another aid is the preceding experience.  Born not only once but constantly.  Have you it now?  This is supremely important?

4.  Indirect testimony

(1)  “By two or three witnesses” is law.  Hence both are given.

(2)  Man is conscious of this change.

(3)  It embodies the soul to do and dare.

5.  Be not satisfied without the direct witness.  It is for you.

Rest not without the fruits of the Spirit.  Thus be twice assured.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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