Psalm 119 – Part 16September 5, 2013
Psalm 119 – Part 17ASeptember 7, 2013
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
The Holy Spirit Himself (better than itself) witnesses with our spirit that we are children of God. This is mysterious; but we know it is the Holy Spirit in us. He brings a witness and testifies within our spirit that we are born-again children of God. It’s a knowing we can’t totally explain. It’s more than an understanding of the mind. It’s a witness in our born-again spirits.
It’s interesting that the Greek word for witness is the word from which we get our English word ‘martyr’. A martyr is one who bears “witness” by his death. This witness is one who asserts or confirms to death what he has seen, heard, or knows. That’s a strong witness. That’s why we have that “I know that I know that I know” within us.
That witness is that we are born again children of God. The Greek word “teknon” gives prominence to the fact of birth. We are not just son’s, we are children by the new birth.
The Holy Spirit Himself brings that witness. It’s not just reading the Word, or taking a leap of faith, or anything we can think up. The King James Version uses “itself.” The translators of the King James Version also used the word “ghost” which is more of an elusive vapor floating around. However, the Spirit is part of the Trinity. He is the real third person of God who takes an active role in our lives. In addition, He Himself personally carries the witness into our spirits, opening up the revelation that we are now children of God. We are in the family of God.
That’s why we proclaim, “Abba, Father”. God is our Father, and we are His children—forever.