THE WITNESS OF THE SPIRIT (1)
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit,
that we are children of God.
The witness of the Spirit is somewhat difficult to describe even though it is an obvious experience for those who have been born again.
Since many presume to be Christians without this witness of the Spirit, it is necessary to share the circumstances which go before, accompany, and follow the witnesses of the Spirit of God and the spirit of the believer.
Those who are of the Spirit enter into this life through deep and profound repentance. Repentance is always a catalyst to true change. Those unmarked by change have not repented and should not presume the Spirit.
Life in the Spirit is, of course, accompanied by the fruit of the Spirit. True Christians can’t help but demonstrate this fruit, but those who only presume the Spirit demonstrate contrasting characteristics.
The genuinely spiritual person will walk in obedience. You know you do not have the witness of the Spirit when your attitude toward obedience grows more and more lax. Zeal for holiness testifies for the presence of Spirit.
Repentance comes before life in the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit accompany life in the Spirit. Holiness follows life in the Spirit. Without these, there is no testimony.