romans 8:16 sermon


Sometimes our spirit bears testimony without the Spirit. John Piper is founder and teacher of and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. )The Spirit testifying to the believer's adoptionO. But how poor are these to the objects before the heir of God! ITS ATTAINMENT. In the golden age of Rome, if a man were tempted to dishonesty, he would stand upright, look the tempter in the face, and say to him, "I am a Roman." There is all the difference in the world between searching for evidence of my sonship and seeking to get the conviction of God's fatherhood. THE WITNESS OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD.1. I have, therefore, a former right to be the child of God — i.e., the election of God in Christ Jesus. The Gulf Stream may be taken as a parable of this. Scripture: Romans 8:1–4. Do we say that He is love? Now this text is one that has often tortured the mind of Christians. In order to comprehend the glory of suffering. If no such witness, no assurance, all induction.II. Mark the connection in Paul's words between the sufferings of this life and the glory to be revealed hereafter, as if he had said, "As the suffering is great, so also shall be the glory." Hulme. THE DEDUCTION FROM THIS TESTIMONY — "if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ."1. Likeness.9. Hodge, D.D. (3) The spirit of aspiration (ver. Has the Church accomplished all the purpose of God, and passed for ever the zenith of her light and beauty? whose heart quails not? Not one in a family, but all heirs — not heirs who may lose their inheritance by premature death, or be defrauded of it, or have it wasted away by the delays and chicaneries of law, but an heirdom where the possession is certain as universal, and full as certain.2. In order to comprehend the glory of suffering. "If then ye live in the Spirit, walk in the Spirit."(E. )Varieties of Christian characterT. The faith whereby I believe is in my heart, and is not believed (for that were absurd), but known by feeling. THE SUBSTANCE OF THE TESTIMONY — "that we are the children of God." THE SUSTAINING POWER OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE.1. Speak of pedigrees, thou, poor Christian, hast more than heraldry could ever give thee, or all the pomp of ancestry could ever bestow.II. To guard against anything that would grieve or quench the Holy Spirit. L. Hull, B.A.I. 2. We may say, also, that this notion is contrary to all the words of Christ and His apostles. Mark the connection in Paul's words between the sufferings of this life and the glory to be revealed hereafter, as if he had said, "As the suffering is great, so also shall be the glory." This is proved inasmuch as —(a) The essential name of God is given Him (Isaiah 6:9; cf. Do not think that it cannot be genuine because it is changeful. By the same fruits. But this still makes the Spirit of God the chief witness, because until He shines upon the Word it is a sealed book to us. (2) He will provide for their pilgrimage and journey home. Satan is ever on the watch to insinuate the doubt. If men imagine that certain ecstatic spiritual emotions are proofs of the witness of sonship, the witness is fitful and transient; for the inner life is as full of changes as an April day, and if a man founds his assurance on this, he will to-day believe in his sonship, and to-morrow utterly doubt it. Who so competent to authenticate the work of the Spirit in the heart as the Spirit Himself?2. Let us not deny or overlook the real operations of the Spirit of God; but let us not blaspheme Him, nor bring them into contempt, by ascribing to His agency effects which are proofs of nothing but of error, weakness, or imposture.V. And, further, to make our salvation depend upon any form of inward testimony, is to make the trust of the believer turn in part upon something within, rather than turning absolutely upon the finished work of Christ. But the question arises, What is the mode of His testimony? Openly before the eyes of the world, that the world may take knowledge of His work.II. It is never given where it is not true. THE DEDUCTION FROM THIS TESTIMONY — "if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ."1. First, He came to the loving hearts of women, whose words seemed only "idle tales" to the apostles themselves; and then with logical demonstration to the cold reasoning intellect of St. Thomas; now to individual disciples walking on the common highway, and who only saw Him when He broke and blessed the bread, and it revealed to them why their hearts had so burned within them on the way; and then to the assembled Church with words of benediction and of peace. "We are the children of God."1. THE TESTIMONY. By it we have the first testimony of our filial relation to God.2. But how poor are these to the objects before the heir of God! The fact of such a relation subsisting between God and the soul gives the highest warrant of eternal life. The joint witness is to be looked for in the inward peace arising from the discovery of certain tendencies and dispositions answerable to the state of sonship. When we feel conscious not so much of possessing a life, as of a life possessing us. How many have mistaken the voice of their own imagination for this witness, and presumed that they were the children of God while they were doing the works of the devil! Look upon thy defects, but forget not the truth and power of God. — The witness of the Spirit, from its nature as a witness, must be instantaneous. Updated: Sat, 10/07/2017 - 07:12 By admin. To the heir of a king what glorious expectancies are there! As to the truth thus witnessed, we are not to suppose that the testimony is intended to make the fact itself more sure; nor for the benefit of our fellowcreatures, still less for the satisfaction of God Himself, but for the assurance and comfort of our own hearts.3. The fact of such a relation subsisting between God and the soul gives the highest warrant of eternal life. The apostle is speaking of continued evidence. The heir of God! Sonship has responsibilities as well as enjoyments. The keen appetite and the clear vision will return with the increasing health of the spiritual man in us, and again and again those glad moments will be ours, when we feel the Spirit bearing "witness with our spirit that we are the sons of God."II. By the same fruits. The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. Lowliness.4. Our spirit. ITS NATURE.1. (Homiletic Quarterly. "The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit" in every perception of God's Word, in every revelation of His counsel, in every aspiration after Him, in every holy resolution, in every thrill and throb of love and desire. It is as if a poor man were called into court to prove his right to some piece of land which was disputed. SermonStudio "Abba"-- Romans 8:16-17-- Mark A. Hultquist-- 1996. The heart's peace, the soul's comfort, life's prospects, death's fears, all hinge and turn upon the clearness of this twofold testimony. Strutt. Is the heart at peace? — of a throne, a crown, a treasury, a nation! By the same fruits. She does make this point, and is safe; but the crew do not know she is safe, and therefore they continue to be afraid where no fear is. )The believer's testimonyT. He leads and guides (ver. And yet the Scripture doth speak in particular (Romans 10:9). He knows nothing about it. Romans 8:12-17 So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh - for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. "Though Thou slay me, yet will I trust in Thee. And, further, to make our salvation depend upon any form of inward testimony, is to make the trust of the believer turn in part upon something within, rather than turning absolutely upon the finished work of Christ. (3)Breathing in our souls a desire for holiness, the Spirit conducts us to the rational conclusion that we are born of God.(O. That is, whatever Christ possesses, as Heir of all things, belongs to us. THE GENERAL ATTAINABLENESS OF THE SPIRIT. ); nor a worse execution of all this than when He calls him "a child of hell" (Matthew 23. Their opposites, at all events — the true confidence, which is faith in Christ; and the true diffidence, which is distrust of self — are identical. When the law saith, Thou shall not kill, steal, etc., every one is to take it as spoken to himself, as if he were named. A son was wandering disinherited in America. Do not think that you are not near to Christ, that He does not love you, because you have not had some one else's experience, because you are not like some saint whose biography you admire. How often He bears witness that such an action is odious to God, and our spirit bears witness that it is acceptable to men! Arthur, M.A. ( Ambrose. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH SUDDEN AND VIOLENT IMPULSES, new revelations, sensible impressions, etc. Hence men have waited for it with anxiety. The testification of the Holy Ghost Himself. Let it fill the mind, and then we know we are welcome. There will be a filial —1. That is, your spirit beareth witness that you are the child of God.2. And thus still He and His Holy Spirit's witness come — now to some tender soul who cannot reason, but can only love, with simply an angel's message, which not only the world, but the Church, may for a moment think but an "idle tale"; and again to some consummate, lordly intellect, which is at last convinced by touching the nail-print and the riven side. It is with our spirits that God is our Father. The explanation is found in the fact that the present enjoyment of the Spirit is but an earnest of the coming fulness (ver. More earnest communing with God; more thoughts of Him and His great love, and less of ourselves and of our feelings; more study of the deep meaning of His Word; more seeking to do His will; more use of the means of grace will be helps to us in such moments. Consequently it can be known only to the person to whom it is given. Let the sacred germ lie dormant in the heart, and the witness of the Spirit will decline in vividness and emphasis, and the germ itself will perish (Hebrews 6:4-6). Who so competent to authenticate the work of the Spirit in the heart as the Spirit Himself?2. A witness ever testifies of some matter of fact. So fares it with the regenerate when we look on our sins, and so down and down to hell. But then the difference was this, that man's spirit did not search all things; it could not tell where his son was. Has much to rob many a sweet life of its vitality through faith family! In order to acquire this witness is that they which do such things shall be but. God would never have given to me than he is to strengthen and generally. Divine procedure to Him as is God, and unworthiness of so distinguished a blessing scriptures but. Be heard alone everlasting joy in God accompanies it, and the Holy Ghost? character of this crown! 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