And not only that, but we ourselves who have the Spirit as the firstfruits-- we also groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.
In the same way the Spirit also joins to help in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with unspoken groanings.
He has also sealed us and given us the Spirit as a down payment in our hearts.
And the One who prepared us for this very thing is God, who gave us the Spirit as a down payment.
In Him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation-- in Him when you believed-- were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.
And don't grieve God's Holy Spirit, who sealed you for the day of redemption.
This is how we know that we remain in Him and He in us: He has given to us from His Spirit.
For our boast is this: the testimony of our conscience that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you, with God-given sincerity and purity, not by fleshly wisdom but by God's grace.
that is how we will know we are of the truth, and will convince our hearts in His presence,
because if our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our hearts and knows all things.
Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn [us] we have confidence before God,
and can receive whatever we ask from Him because we keep His commands and do what is pleasing in His sight.
(The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. The one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given about His Son.)