|Romans 8:25-27 |
25 But if we hope for what we do not yet see, then we wait for it [salvation] with patient endurance. [Notice, Paul tells them that if they have not seen their salvation, they are to wait for it with patient endurance. This is another proof that salvation comes to those who heed and obey the spoken-to-them commands of God that they hear as they persistently and patiently wait on Him, Heb 5:9, 9:28. Reading about being saved, or preachers telling us that we are saved, or saying that we are saved, is not seeing or experiencing salvation; so how do we see salvation — when we see Jesus bring our salvation in this present life. Just like we, through the Spirit, by faith, patiently wait for the hope of righteousness, Gal 5:5, we wait for salvation. From the Word of the Lord within: "You must wait on the Lord to receive salvation."]
26 Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities for we do not know what we should pray for as we should, but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27 And he [Jesus] who searches the hearts,7 knows what is the mind of the Spirit because he [Jesus] makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
7 The Spirit searches out all things in a man's heart. Jesus said: I am He who searches the minds and hearts, showing you your sins, giving you the motivation to repent. When you do repent, the spirit then mortifies (kills, removes) that sin in your heart. Do this repetitively, and you will become without sin by the Spirit's removal. And as you see the Spirit removing sin from your life, even the desire to sin, this becomes your first undeniable assurance of salvation to come, providing you stay on course to the end. Therefore mortify [put to death] the deeds of the body which are of the earthly life; fornication, impurity, inordinate affections, evil lusts of the flesh, and covetousness, which is idolatry, Col 3:5; this is also done by the Spirit of God: For if you live after the flesh, you will die; but if through the Spirit you mortify [put to death] the deeds of the body, you will live. Rom 8:13. So the Spirit shows a man his sins and then destroys them.