Holy Spirit and Our Experiences

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The Holy Spirit also bears witness. Hebrews 10:15

Many Christians are confused about what scripture teaches concerning the witness of the Holy Spirit. They think of it as an emotional experience, or a happy feeling, or an ecstatic state of mind, or a vision of some kind that they suppose will give them a knowledge of their acceptance with God that the Word of God alone cannot give. While such subjective experiences may result from the witness, none of them, nor all of them together constitute that witness.

Some years ago, I encountered a woman who was no longer the joyous believer she had been. Her unhappiness was the result of the teaching of someone who had persuaded her that if she did not have the witness of the spirit she was not saved. She thought she had prayed honestly for the witness and she did not get it. Then I told her that I have a witness that is unmistakable, something better than an experience which might come from God or Satan, I have the word of God!

Hebrews first chapter establishes Christ’s superiority over Angels, prophets and leaders of the old covenant and then shows the transcendent character of the new covenant of grace. The many sacrifices of the Old covenant could not justify, but on the cross, Christ justified everyone who believes in him.  We are justified by God’s grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus (Romans 3:24). We have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all (Hebrews 10:10). The Holy Spirit witnesses to us that their sins and their lawlessnese, I will never remember anymore. (Hebrews 10:17, Jeremiah 31:33 to 34

You do not need to pray and plead for this witness it is there in His Word for you to believe.

 

H.A.Ironside

 

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