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Romans 8:16 - Children of God

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Romans 8:16 — Children of God

The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, (NASB)
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: (KJV)
For His Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God's children (NLT)
The Spirit himself bears witness to our spirit that we are God's children. (NET)

It is a providential act of Grace that allows such testimony to our hearts.  Were it not so we would be in the same situation as those who remain under the law.  C. S. Lewis hits the nail on the head with his comparison of gravity with human nature.  The fact that we do good proves nothing.  The fact that we do evil proves everything!  Left to ourselves we remain helpless.  As children of God we are blessed.  Our blessedness is totally undeserved yet complete in everyway.  Our witness is God Himself testifying in the most personal way.  Without His testimony we would not be able to comprehend our adoption let alone the length, breadth, and depth of His loved conveyed—the ever expanding universe of Grace living within our heats.

“The law of gravity tells you what stones do if you drop them; but the Law of Human Nature tells you what human beings ought to do and do not.” C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

G4828
συμμαρτυρέω
summarturéō; contracted summarturṓ, fut. summarturḗsō, from sún (G4862), together, with, and marturéō (G3140), to witness. To witness with another, testify with. With the dat. (Rom_8:16; Rom_9:1; Rev_22:18 [TR]); used in an absolute sense (Rom_2:15).

Beareth witness with our spirit (συμμαρτυρεῖ τῷ πνεύματι ἡμῶν). This rendering assumes the concurrent testimony of the human spirit with that of the divine Spirit. Others, however, prefer to render to our spirit, urging that the human spirit can give no testimony until acted upon by the Spirit of God. Vincent, M. R. Word studies in the New Testament

Rom 9:1  I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit, (NASB)

Rev 22:18  I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; (NASB)

Rom 2:15  in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them, (NASB)

Gal 5:22-23  But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! (NLT)

But Paul means, that the Spirit of God gives us such a testimony, that when he is our guide and teacher, our spirit is made assured of the adoption of God: for our mind of its own self, without the preceding testimony of the Spirit, could not convey to us this assurance.  There is also here an explanation of the former verse; for when the Spirit testifies to us, that we are the children of God, he at the same time pours into our hearts such confidence, that we venture to call God our Father.  And doubtless, since the confidence of the heart alone opens our mouth, except the Spirit testifies to our heart respecting the paternal love of God, our tongues would be dumb, so that they could utter no prayers.  For we must ever hold fast this principle, — that we do not rightly pray to God, unless we are surely persuaded in our hearts, that he is our Father, when we so call him with our lips.  To this there is a corresponding part, — that our faith has no true evidence, except we call upon God.  It is not then without reason that Paul, bringing us to this test, shows that it then only appears how truly any one believes, when they who have embraced the promise of grace, exercise themselves in prayers. (John Calvin)

Romans 8:16 — Children of God

The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, (NASB)
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: (KJV)
For His Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God's children (NLT)
The Spirit himself bears witness to our spirit that we are God's children. (NET)

It is a providential act of Grace that allows such testimony to our hearts.  Were it not so we would be in the same situation as those who remain under the law.  C. S. Lewis hits the nail on the head with his comparison of gravity with human nature.  The fact that we do good proves nothing.  The fact that we do evil proves everything!  Left to ourselves we remain helpless.  As children of God we are blessed.  Our blessedness is totally undeserved yet complete in everyway.  Our witness is God Himself testifying in the most personal way.  Without His testimony we would not be able to comprehend our adoption let alone the length, breadth, and depth of His loved conveyed—the ever expanding universe of Grace living within our heats.

“The law of gravity tells you what stones do if you drop them; but the Law of Human Nature tells you what human beings ought to do and do not.” C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

G4828
συμμαρτυρέω
summarturéō; contracted summarturṓ, fut. summarturḗsō, from sún (G4862), together, with, and marturéō (G3140), to witness. To witness with another, testify with. With the dat. (Rom_8:16; Rom_9:1; Rev_22:18 [TR]); used in an absolute sense (Rom_2:15).

Beareth witness with our spirit (συμμαρτυρεῖ τῷ πνεύματι ἡμῶν). This rendering assumes the concurrent testimony of the human spirit with that of the divine Spirit. Others, however, prefer to render to our spirit, urging that the human spirit can give no testimony until acted upon by the Spirit of God. Vincent, M. R. Word studies in the New Testament

Rom 9:1  I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit, (NASB)

Rev 22:18  I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; (NASB)

Rom 2:15  in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them, (NASB)

Gal 5:22-23  But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! (NLT)

But Paul means, that the Spirit of God gives us such a testimony, that when he is our guide and teacher, our spirit is made assured of the adoption of God: for our mind of its own self, without the preceding testimony of the Spirit, could not convey to us this assurance.  There is also here an explanation of the former verse; for when the Spirit testifies to us, that we are the children of God, he at the same time pours into our hearts such confidence, that we venture to call God our Father.  And doubtless, since the confidence of the heart alone opens our mouth, except the Spirit testifies to our heart respecting the paternal love of God, our tongues would be dumb, so that they could utter no prayers.  For we must ever hold fast this principle, — that we do not rightly pray to God, unless we are surely persuaded in our hearts, that he is our Father, when we so call him with our lips.  To this there is a corresponding part, — that our faith has no true evidence, except we call upon God.  It is not then without reason that Paul, bringing us to this test, shows that it then only appears how truly any one believes, when they who have embraced the promise of grace, exercise themselves in prayers. (John Calvin)



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