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Romans 8:16

    Romans 8:16 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    The Spirit himself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are children of God:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    The Spirit is witness with our spirit that we are children of God:

    Webster's Revision

    The Spirit himself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are children of God:

    World English Bible

    The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God;

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    The Spirit himself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are children of God:

    Clarke's Commentary on Romans 8:16

    The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit - Αυτο το πνευμα, that same Spirit, the Spirit of adoption; that is, the Spirit who witnesses this adoption; which can be no other than the Holy Ghost himself, and certainly cannot mean any disposition or affection of mind which the adopted person may feel; for such a disposition must arise from a knowledge of this adoption, and the knowledge of this adoption cannot be given by any human or earthly means; it must come from God himself: therefore the αυτο το πνευμα must have reference to that Spirit, by whom alone the knowledge of the adoption is witnessed to the soul of the believer.

    With our spirit - In our understanding, the place or recipient of light and information; and the place or faculty to which such information can properly be brought. This is done that we may have the highest possible evidence of the work which God has wrought. As the window is the proper medium to let the light of the sun into our apartments, so the understanding is the proper medium of conveying the Spirit's influence to the soul. We, therefore, have the utmost evidence of the fact of our adoption which we can possibly have; we have the word and Spirit of God; and the word sealed on our spirit by the Spirit of God. And this is not a momentary influx: if we take care to walk with God, and not grieve the Holy Spirit, we shall have an abiding testimony; and while we continue faithful to our adopting Father, the Spirit that witnesses that adoption will continue to witness it; and hereby we shall know that we are of God by the Spirit which he giveth us.

    Barnes' Notes on Romans 8:16

    The Spirit - The Holy Spirit. That the Holy Spirit here is intended, is evident,

    (1) Because this is the natural meaning of the expression;

    (2) Because it is of the Holy Spirit that the apostle is mainly treating here;

    (3) Because it would be an unnatural and forced construction to say of the temper of adoption that it bore witness.

    Beareth witness - Testifies, gives evidence.

    With our spirit - To our minds. This pertains to the adoption; and it means that the Holy Spirit furnishes evidence to our minds that we are adopted into the family of God. This effect is not infrequently attributed to the Holy Spirit, 2 Corinthians 1:22; 1 John 5:10-11; 1 Corinthians 2:12. If it be asked how this is done, I answer, it is not by any revelation of new truth; it is not by inspiration; it is not always by assurance; it is not by a mere persuasion that we are elected to eternal life; but it is by producing in us the appropriate effects of his influence. It is his to renew the heart; to sanctify the soul; to produce "love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance," Galatians 5:22-23. If a man has these, he has evidence of the witnessing of the Spirit with his spirit. If not, he has no such evidence. And the way, therefore, to ascertain whether we have this witnessing of the Spirit, is by an honest and prayerful inquiry whether these fruits of the Spirit actually exist in our minds. If they do, the evidence is clear. If not, all vain confidence of good estate; all visions, and raptures, and fancied revelations, will be mere delusions. It may be added, that the effect of these fruits of the Spirit an the mind is to produce a calm and heavenly frame; and in that frame, when attended with the appropriate fruits of the Spirit in a holy life, we may rejoice as an evidence of piety.

    That we are the children of God - That we are adopted into his family.

    Wesley's Notes on Romans 8:16

    8:16 The same Spirit beareth witness with our spirit - With the spirit of every true believer, by a testimony distinct from that of his own spirit, or the testimony of a good conscience. Happy they who enjoy this clear and constant.

    Verses Related to Romans 8:16

    1 John 5:15 - And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
    Hebrews 6:11 - And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:
    Ephesians 3:12 - In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.