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256 But in this case, the Judge Himself has becomes our Attorney. God became Man. There was no attorney could do it. We couldn't find one. Moses and the law, the prophets, nothing could do it. So the Judge become both Jury, Attorney, and Judge Himself and took the justice of His Law in His Own hands and paid the price of it Himself, how much more secure could we be? and sent His own Life back upon us as a Witness that He's accepted It. How safely. "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I'll fear no evil: for thou art with me..."
364 You'd have listened to the message of the hour, if you did. Certainly. They'd had a lot of messages, but this was the Message of the hour. See? I believe the Message of the hour. Yeah. The blood was applied at the evening time. They might have said, "I'm a Jew." People say today, "I'm a Christian. I can show you my long membership. I want you to tell me where I ever stole anything, was ever in a law court. Show me where I ever committed adultery, I've ever done all these things (or something like that). Show me one place." That don't mean a thing now. No, no. See? No matter how much trouble he was, the covenant is without effect. It's non-effective. You say, "Well, I'm a Bible student." I don't care what you are. Without that covenant, the wrath of God's upon you. That's right. It's caught up with you. Yeah, your sins will find you out.
4This evening I would like to speak on this Witness of the Spirit that brother Branham is talking about here. In order to better understand this let's turn in our Bibles to 1 John 5:10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record (witness) that God gave of his Son.
10Now, we usually think of a witness as a person, another human being. But John tells us in 1 John 5:9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: And what greater witness could there be than the witness of the Spirit of God to us and through us.
13Now, if we are not careful we will read this verse completely the opposite of what its telling us. And many Christians have wrestled this verse of Scripture to their own destruction, because they have read it exactly the opposite of what its telling them, and thus they have placed the emphasis on what they feel and what they witness within themselves instead of what God is witnessing of our spirit.
14Many will mistake their own inner voice or their own imagination to be this witness of the Spirit of God to them. Although they might be enthusiastic, or as brother Branham would say, "although they might be sincere, yet they are proven by God's Word to be sincerely wrong".
15Therefore when we read this Scripture, we should understand that it does not speak of our spirit bearing witness to anything, much less to the Spirit of God. But Rather It says, The Spirit (which we know is speaking of God's Spirit for there is only one THE SPIRIT, and that is The Holy Spirit of God.
16Notice the apostle Paul says, "The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God", and if The Spirit Itself then it is not speaking of another spirit but the one and Only Spirit of God.
17The Apostle Paul was not saying God's spirit plus my spirit, and he certainly is not talking about mine or your spirit bearing record with anything. But he is telling us plainly that it is God's Spirit all by Itself which is bearing witness with your spirit.
18Therefore we are not looking here at anything that we are do. Nor are we looking here at anything we perceive. Nor are we even looking at what we feel in our own spirit. Because our spirit has nothing to do with this verse of scripture in the sense that this verse is not talking about our spirit witnessing anything, but rather it speaks of God's spirit that is witnessing what is going on in our spirit.
20That is why the apostle Paul said in Galatians 6:3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives only himself. So it is not what you think that counts anything to God, but rather it is what He thinks that really matters.
21In I John 1:7 we read "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ONLY ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, (and that means to say the same thing he says about them and not cover them up with our own justifications for them) he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
23The problem is that many people in reading this wrong try to convince themselves that it is their own spirit that is bearing witness with God's spirit and thus that makes them something. And they will not accept the sovereign position of God that he does not need them.
24By taking the assumption that it is their own witness in their own spirit and their own choosing, they null and void the witness of The Spirit and the choice that is reserved for God to make, and Him alone.
25That is why in the Token brother Branham said in pp 65 What is sin? Unbelief. You've disbelieved the message. You've disbelieved the Word. You've disbelieved the witness of the Token Itself, when It's identified Itself in the midst of us. And have you disbelieved that? No matter how much you disbelieve It, It's got to be applied. You might say, "I believe it; I believe it. I believe It's the Truth. I accept It as the Truth." Then that is all good, but yet, It's got to be applied.
27Listen, what good is your choice if it is not God's choice, and what good is it that you witness in your own spirit that you are what God has not made you to be. Do you think that just because you feel it that, that makes it right? Hogwash.
28I remember a man came to me one time and wanted me to marry him to this woman he was seeing. He told me earlier that it was ok with God for him to divorce his wife and marry this other woman who had been married several times herself already, because he felt it. He said, the Spirit of God welled up in him when he kissed her and therefore it must be ok to marry her.
29That man didn't know the difference between the spirit of lust and the Spirit of God. And The problem with reading this Scripture with a wrong understanding is that so many "so called believers" have read the Bible with their own understanding, for such a long time that its produced only fanaticism instead of a heartfelt dying out to self. Amongst the fanatical fringe there are those who are always witnessing in their spirit, this, that, or the other. But this Scripture doesn't speak of what we are witnessing in our spirit, It speaks of what God is witnessing in us, by the way we live and walk in the Light.
30The Bible is very plain and says, "THE SPIRIT also beareth Witness with our spirit". And how could The Spirit of God ever bear witness to just any spirit which is not born again in His own image. For to bear witness speaks of identification. And how could God identify Himself with any life outside His own.
31Thus when the Spirit of God bears witness to your spirit it is not your human spirit He's bearing witness to, but rather His own Spirit that has come into you and made you a new creation in Christ Jesus. because until that happens you are none of His. That is what the Bible teaches in Romans 8:9 Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
36In John 5:30 Jesus Said, "I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. 31 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. 32 There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true. 33: Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth. 34 But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved. 35 He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light. 36 But I have greater witness than [that] of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me".
37Notice that Jesus is telling us that the witness of man, no matter who it is, is still not good enough. The witness must come from The Spirit, or The Father Himself. 37 And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. 38 And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not. 39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. 40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.
38Secondly. How is this joint testimony of God's Spirit and our own, clearly and solidly distinguished from the presumption of a natural mind, and from the delusion of the devil? We can't even consider what is the witness of our own spirit. That is where man has gone wrong so many times in the past. The Bible is clear on that. It says, "There is a way which seemeth right unto man, but the way is the way of death".
39God also said in , Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. Also in 1 John 2:5: "Hereby we know, that we do know him, if we keep his commandments." "Whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: Hereby know we that we are in him; that we are indeed the children of God.
40Therefore the only way we know that our spirit is bearing witness with His Spirit is that we keep His Word. That is what the obedient Son is all about. Not obedient out of fear of retribution, but obedient because we have the same thoughts about it as God does because we have the mind of Christ.
43Now, that ought to tell you right there that it's not what your heart condemns or does not condemn, nor is it what your heart bears witness to or doesn't bear witness to, but simply put, it is what God bears witness to that really matters in the final Showdown.
48It doesn't come down to what you do either, for there are those: who think they do, and they may even think they are doing the Lord's will, and yet in the final analysis they are not even given credit for what they have done, as Jesus told us that they will say, "Have not we done this in your name and that in your name, and he will say, depart from me ye that work iniquity, for I never knew you."
53But the real question is rather how does it appear to God who knows the thoughts and intentions of the heart what they are doing? Rather than how it might have appeared to themselves. For to themselves they thought they were identifying with the Spirit of God when God did not identify with them at all.
54He said, "depart from me, ye that work iniquity, for I have never known you." And iniquity is to know to do right and you won't do it. So God who tries the hearts, knows our motives and objectives better than we know them ourselves.
55Now, we must ask ourselves, what is this witness or this testimony of the spirit? The real question should be, what is the testimony of God's Spirit; and, how does He "bear witness with our spirit that we are the children of God?"
56Secondly. we should ask ourselves, How is this testimony of God's Spirit and then the testimony of our own spirit, clearly distinguished from the presumption of a natural mind, or from the delusion of the devil?
57Therefore in examining this Scripture that speaks of "God's Spirit bearing witness with our spirit" we must be careful not to think in terms of our own spirit as the one bearing witness because the Apostle Paul is so far from speaking of the testimony of our own spirit, that it may be questioned whether he speaks of it at all.
58The Apostle had just said, in the preceding verse, "Ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father;" and immediately he adds, "The same Spirit beareth witness to our spirit, that we are the children of God." Thus "He", the Spirit of God witnesses this at the same time that he enables us to cry Abba, Father.
61Let's face it, if we believe in the sovereignty of God, then our bearing witness to Him adds nothing to Him, nor takes away from what He is. Them what really matters in the end is that He bears witness with us, for if he does not bear witness with us, we are lost and will remain lost.
62The acts of obedience in doctrine, and in our speech and actions, and our submitting our own will to God's will is our outward show that we have identified with our role as a son, but these however, do not prove you to a son. However, when you are proven to be a son by the witness of God's Spirit, then your actions and reactions to God's will, will help your own understanding of the role that God has set before you to play out as a son.
64Every man who applies the scriptures to himself, may know whether he is a child of God. Thus, we know, First, "as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God;" And Secondly, you might reason, I am "led by the Spirit of God;" and thus you conclude, "Therefore I am a son of God."
66Now to be specific, our conscience is the testimony of our own spirit; that God hath given us to be holy in our heart, and holy in our outward conversation. It is a consciousness of our having received, in and by the Spirit of adoption, those characteristics mentioned in the word of God, as belonging to his adopted children.
67Thus we are conscious of having a loving heart toward God, and a loving heart toward all mankind; And we hang with child-like confidence onto, God our Father's Word, desiring nothing but him, casting all our care upon him, and embracing every child of God with earnest, tender affection:
68A consciousness that we are inwardly conformed, by the Spirit of God, to the image of his Son, and that we walk before him in justice, mercy, and truth, doing the things which are pleasing in his sight.
69But, still in all this we can deceive our selves, because Jesus said in John 5:30, "If I bear witness of myself my witness is not true". Therefore, the witness in our own soul although very good does not really matter. I can claim God as my father all I want, but until he claims me, what good will it do me?
70This is the very argument that Jesus had with the Pharisees. In John chapter 8 They began by claiming to be seed of Abraham, and when Jesus pointed out to them that Abraham had two seeds coming from him, one by promise and the other by an act of the flesh, then they claimed that God was their father. And Jesus laid out the grounds for whom you can claim as your father. He said, "you will do the deeds of your father". And this is your witness in the spirit.
72John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. 33 They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? 34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. 35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. 36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. 37 I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my Word hath no place in you. 38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. 39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham. 40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. 41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, [even] God. 42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. 43 Why do ye not understand my speech? [even] because ye cannot hear my word. 44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. 46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? 47 He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God. 48 Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil? 49 Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me. 50 And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth. 51 Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. 52 Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death. 53 Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself? 54 Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: 55 Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying.
73But what is that testimony of God's Spirit? How does he "bear witness with our spirit that we are the children of God?" It is hard to find words in any language to explain "the deep things of God." Indeed, there are none that adequately express what we experience.
74But to the best of my ability I can say, the testimony of the Spirit is an inward expression in my soul that He is actually living my Life for me. Whereby I can see that the Spirit of God is directly witnessing to my spirit, that I am a child of God; because I can see he has taken over my life and I have let him do so.
75The testimony of the Spirit of God must come before the testimony of our own spirit. We must be holy in our mind and heart, and live a holy life before him, not for self centered reasons but because we wish to please Him in all we do. And we must love God more than anything else before we can be holy at all; because our desire to please Him is the root of all holiness.
76And we cannot love God, until we know he loves us. because the Bible says, "We love him, because he first loved us." And we cannot know his pardoning love to us, until his Spirit witnesses it within our own spirit. And since the testimony of his Spirit must precede the love of God and all holiness, therefore it must precede our inward consciousness itself, which is the testimony of our own spirit concerning Him.
77Therefore when "the Spirit of God beareth witness with our spirit, it is His living and controlling your own life as only he can. And of this we cannot but be conscious within ourselves of what he is doing: And as Paul said, "We know the things that are freely given to us of God." We know that we love God, and keep his commandments; and "hereby also we know that we are of God."
78This is then is the testimony of our own spirit, which, so long as we continue to love God and keep his commandments, becomes a union with the testimony of God's own Spirit, "that we are the children of God."
801 John 5:10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 And therefore, He that echoes the Son echoes life; and he that echoes not the Son of God echoes not life. 13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the son of God; that ye may know that ye echo eternal Life,...
82Notice then our conscience bearing us record is to actually know that we are echoing the very life of the son in us. Because He that not only works in us every manner of thing that is good, but He also shines upon his own work, and clearly shows what he has wrought in us, and we see it and know that it is not us but Him doing it.
83As the apostle Paul said the purpose of God giving us His spirit is , "that we may know the things which are freely given to us of God:" That he may strengthen the testimony of our conscience in the Holy Ghost.
84Then our conscience bearing record with His Spirit is our own way of knowing that we know. For the Spirit of God beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God,' then coupled with our bearing witness to the things of God, brings us to the place where our "sonship" is no longer a question but a reality.
85And thus the joint testimony of our spirit and the Spirit of God, our Father is this, that we lay down our own will in favor of His Will. As Jesus said, "Not my will but Thy will be done." And that is the testimony of The Spirit with our Spirit. We identify and do the Will of the Father. That is how our will also identifies with His Will, and that His Will is preeminent in us over our very own will.
86Revelations Chapter 4 PT 2 24 Elders 61-0101 321 Sanctify this little church this morning, Lord. Sanctify every person in here with Thy Spirit, and let the Holy Ghost come into their hearts, each one of us. Freshen up the Spirit in them Who's already opened their hearts through their self-will, has denied their own will and has come to know Your will. There you are. It is a letting go of your own will and receiving the will of the Father. That is the witness of His Spirit, His Will in your spirit. 52 231 "How is self-will? Why will you call that self-will, Brother Branham?" Because it puts a man and woman back again just like Adam and Eve at the garden of Eden, On what? The two trees? Self-will, this one is death. This one is Life, self-will. Free moral agency... God placed the first man, Adam and Eve, right here on free moral agency. He places you the same place. And the only way that you can get this thing fixed in here is your own self-will. Hallelujah. Your self-will. You have to will to do God's will. You have to get rid of your own will to let God's will come in, for this is the only channel that leads to the heart. 53 232 Oh, you can join church, you Baptists and Presbyterians. And you Methodists and Pilgrim Holiness can come to sanctification. But you have to will to do God's will, self-will, to let the Holy Spirit come in here to bring forth: "These signs shall follow them that believe; In My Name they shall cast out devils. They shall speak with new tongues. They shall lay their hands on the sick, or take up deadly things, and so forth. "These signs shall follow them" that has let their will become My will, and "the works that I do shall they do also". I hope you don't miss it. There's a will to do God's will. You see what I mean? 54 308 Now, "the mercy seat..." Now, the mercy seat's in the heart, seat where the shining forth of His Glory in all of His children, the Shekinah Glory in the human heart. Here's the human heart. Is that right? Is that the mercy seat? How do you come through it into that, through these different systems? Through self-will, self-will, comes into here, and through there comes out what? Shekinah Glory. What is the Shekinah Glory? It's God's Presence. And when a man's walking, or a woman, he's reflecting the Shekinah Glory. He don't go into gambling dens, and carry on, and go out here and deny the Word. No matter what the people says, he's got his heart set on one thing: God. And if he's truly called of God, then Jesus Christ reflects Himself through him with the Shekinah Glory, doing the same things He did back there, manifesting the same Gospel, preaching the same Word, same Word being made manifest in the same measure it was then; just like it was truly at Pentecost it's measured back again. Oh, my.
87And the beautiful part is that the Bible teaches us that "it is God working in us both to will and to do His good pleasure". That is our assurance we have been born again. And that "His Spirit is bearing witness with our Spirit that we are the sons of God".