Originally posted by rooktakesqueen
if i got a bunch of well educated, wise, noble living people to write a book claiming i am the son of god and can perform miracles would you devote your life to me..? if not, why not..? if you say it's because i am not and i have no proof, would you be a little frustrated if i simply held this book in front of you and said but i am, it's written within these pages and these pages are truth..?
I think that spiritmangr8's post was very good and you should consider it.
I would add that it is not as simple as you think because Jesus Christ has gotten on the INSIDE of us Christians. And there is an amount of INWARD witness that we are on the right track. Here are some passaages to show the inward testifying of the truth of the gospel:
1.) "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.
But this He said concerning the Spirit, whom those who believed into Him were about to receive." (John 7:38,39)
The Holy Spirit is given as a flowing river of divine life in our innermost being.
2.) "The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God" (Romans 8:16)
There is a deep inner bearing of witness of the Holy Spirit with our human spirit that God is our [dear] Father, our Daddy, our Abba Father, So intimate and so sweet. We sense that we are God's family deep within.
3.) " ... he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will manifest Myself to him." (John 14:21)
From within Jesus is manifesting Himself to His lovers and believers. It is not just objective nodding in outward historical facts, though they be true. It is the living Jesus manifesting Himself to His believers.
4.) "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make an abode with him." (JOhn 14:23)
One knows when the Father and the Son have come to make an abode within them.
5.) "And in this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He gave to us." (1 John 3:24)
6.) "And as for you, the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone teach you; but as His anointing teaches you concerning all things and is true and is not a lie, and even as it has taught you, abide in Him." (1 John 2:17)
An anointing is like the rubbing in of an ointment. A divine rubbing is rubbing God's divine nature into us the believers. This rubbing in of the divine anointing teaches us concerning the Christ Whom we have received. This anointing teaches us to abide and remain in the sphere and realm of this living Person within us.
7.) " ... you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of the promise, Who is the pledge of our inheritance unto the redemption of the acquired possession ..." (Eph. 1:14)
The Holy Spirit has been given to us as a pledge, a garuantee, a foretaste of a fuller enjoyment yet to come.
We have the Holy Spirit as an appetizer of fuller and richer feast to come when our bodies are resurrected and glorified.
8.) "He also who has also sealed us and given the Spirit is our hearts as a pledge" (2 Cor. 1:22)
This repeats the truth above in point 7. We are sealed with a pledge of the Spirit of Jesus Christ. - "The last Adam became a life giving Spirit" (1 Cor. 15:45)
9.) "Now He who has wrought us for this very thing is God, who has given to us the Spirit as a pledge." (2 Cor. 5:5)
God has not just left us to nod in agreement with objective doctrine. He has dispensed His Holy Spirit as a pledge. This living pledge is a foretaste of the eternal joys to come.
10.) "In that day you will know that I am in My Father and you in Me and I in you" (John 14:20)
This day is the day of our realization of the resurrection of Christ. Spontaneously as we receive the resurrection we receive the resurrected One Jesus. And we know that this Man is now in us and that He is in the Father. God and man have been united as one. We realize that the resurrected Christ brings God Himself into our lives.