2012-10-14 - The Role of the Holy Spirit in the Confidence of Our Salvation
The Epistles of John ~ Part 68 ~ 1 John
What is the role of the Holy Spirit in the confidence of our salvation? And we have the confidence of this relationship, not from a clear conscience, but from the Holy Spirit, the one true comforter.
"And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you" (John 14:16-17).
The final arbitrator of truth is not our conscience, but the Holy Spiritthe Spirit of Truth.
"But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come" (John 16:13).
And as we saw last time it is the Holy Spirit Who is to be the basis of testing not only our conscience, but what we hear, see and read. The Holy Spirit is the one Who gives us discernment to distinguish God's truth from that of the spirits of antichrist, out in the world.
To be continued.