Sealing with the Spirit
A Sermon on Romans 8:16
The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, (ESV)
What does it mean to say that the Spirit bears witness with us? Paul began assuring us in our salvation by saying in Romans 8:16 that we are led by the Spirit of God, which makes us sons of God. Secondly, he adds that Christians would know something of the spirit of bondage and fear. Paul is now explaining that the Holy Spirit testifies with our spirit. There are multitudes of commentaries that discuss varying views on the definition of this verse and Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones spends much of this sermon discussing the views and applications of this verse. He does want to make one thing clear: all Christians are sons of God and all Christians are children of God. Those that say there are distinctions or groupings among Christians have not properly translated what Paul is saying here. When Paul refers to Christians as “sons,” he means this in a legal sense. When Paul refers to Christians as “children of God,” he means this in a familial sense and our present reality. The Doctor then explains why this is another point to prove the assurance of one’s salvation. Any scholar or commentary that does not teach on the assurance of salvation does not fall into the proper protestant reformation teaching.