“The Holy Spirit’s Witness” ( Romans 8: 14-16, KJV ) by Carley Evans


“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit Himself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.”

Now and then, in some special way, I emotionally experience what Paul means when he writes: “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.” Not to be a spoiler — that’s a spoiler alert, ladies and gentlemen — but toward the end of the movie, SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD, Dodge and Penny happen upon a line of people slowly walking toward something ahead. Every person looks at peace as he or she walks. The camera turns to show us where they are heading. We see the ocean open up between two seaside cliffs. In the shallows stands a minister of God; he is obviously baptizing babies in the waters of the ocean.

Suddenly, tears welled up in conjunction with a glowing emotion — what I can only describe as a heartthrob — and I knew God the Holy Spirit was witnessing with my spirit that I am a son of God. That moment in the film — which otherwise is devoid of any mention of God — was so tender, so touching, so real that I sat stunned in the dark theatre.

Dodge and Penny silently sit, speaking with others on the beach. No, we don’t see that they get baptized but subsequent events in the film make that truth possible, perhaps even likely.

God witnesses. His Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are sons of God. Do you know what that is like?

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