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The Witness of the Spirit (16 of 20)
Dr. Stan Coffey
I John 5:6-13
(Read I John 5:6-7)
Do you remember when Jesus was baptized, the Father said, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." The Spirit came in the form of a dove, and then Jesus was there, the Son of God. You remember that? And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the Water, and the Blood: and these three agree in one. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which He hath testified of his Son. (Read I John 5:8-13)
God wants us to know beyond any shadow of doubt that we are children of God. God doesn't want to play a guessing game with you regarding your salvation. Jesus wants you to know that you're saved. He wants you to be able to say, "I"m saved; I'm going to heaven; I'm on my way; I'm going to enjoy the trip. There's no doubt in my mind about it; I know if I died today, I'd be in heaven." The word "know" is used some forty times in the book of John. Again and again and again and again, he says, "You can know you know that you know that you know. You can know beyond any doubt that you're saved." In this message he gives us the witness of the Spirit. There are three ways that the Holy Spirit comes to you and lets you know that the Word of God is true, that the Son of God is who He says He is, that you're a Christian, that you've been born by the Spirit of God. Three ways that the Spirit gives witness to your salvation. Look at that word "witness." Sometimes it's translated "testimony;" sometimes it's translated "record," but the word is the same. The same Greek word means witness, the record, the testimony. It's used ten times in the verses we read. Ten times he talks about the record; he talks about the witness; he talks about the testimony. Three ways that we can know that we're saved, three things the Spirit of God does in our life that helps us know that we ...
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