It is only in our spirits that we are aware of our relationship to God. The spirit which we receive from God joins its witness with our spirits that we are children of God. (Rom.8:16) We have no physical link with a divinely chosen nation, such as Israel had. We have no evidence in our flesh that we are in touch with the Deity. And it is the bane of the believer’s experience to seek for assurance in the state of his soul! Our feelings do not affect our place in God’s family. We know God and His grace only through words God’s words which charge our spirits with divine vitality, and assure us of our place in His purpose. Happiness is not salvation, nor is misery reprobation. They are mere emotions of the soul, dependent on the flesh and spirit. Only by faith can we make contact with God’s Spirit. And this can be done only by our spirits.

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