Re:Verse reading–Acts 15:1-29 (day four)
V. 8 – “And God, who knows the heart, testified to them giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us;
When a covenant or promise is made, it is often accompanied by a seal, a ring, or a document. This outward sign of a pledge made, gives witness of the bond between two parties. For instance, in a marriage ceremony, a ring is given to testify to the relationship established by the sharing of the covenant.
This is one of the roles of the Holy Spirit…He is a testimony of the pledge of a relationship between a believer and God. It is a covenant relationship! Peter had seen it back in chapter 11…now he reminds the elders of that role of the Holy Spirit. The Gentiles would not have the seal of the Holy Spirit if they did not have the covenant relationship. The Spirit bears witness.
Is that true in your life? Does the Spirit bear witness in you of a covenant relationship with God?