“Could there, then, be granted us a firmer foundation for the holy joy of Christian assurance than is contained in this revelation of the love of the Spirit for us? Is faith grown so weak that it cannot stay itself on the almighty arm of God? Surely, surely, though our hearts faint within us, and the way seems dark, and there are lions roaring in the path, we shall be able to look past them all to the open gates of pearl beyond, whensoever we remember that the Spirit which He hath made to dwell within us is yearning after us even unto jealous envy!” –B.B. Warfield “The Power of God Unto Salvation” – p. 148
“Could there be given us a higher incentive to faithfulness to God than is contained in this revelation of the love of the Spirit for us? Are our hearts so hard that they are incapable of responding to the appeal of such a love as this? Can we dally with the world, seek our own pleasures, forget our duty of love to God, when the Spirit which He hath made to dwell in us is yearning after us even unto jealous envy?” –B.B. Warfield “The Power of God Unto Salvation” p. 147
“Could there be presented to us a more complete manifestation of the infinite love of God than is contained in this revelation of the love of the Spirit for us? God is love. Does not this greatest of all revelations take on a new brightness and a new force to move our souls when we come to realize that not only is the Father love, and the Son love, but the Spirit also is love; and so wholly love that, despite the foulness of our sin, He yearneth for us even unto jealous envy?” –B.B. Warfield “The Power of God Unto Salvation” p. 146-147
“Ah, when God has covenanted with the soul, it is with no half-heartedness! When He represents Himself as having taken us to Himself as a husband takes a wife in the bonds of a holy covenant, it is no temporary union which He has in mind. He leaves no prudent way of escape open to Himself. With Him the covenant is for ever. He sends the Spirit into our hearts–to make His home there.” –B.B. Warfield “The Power of God Unto Salvation” p. 142
“God has caused the Spirit of love not to visit our hearts merely, but to abide there; not to tarry there for a season merely, tentatively, as it were, and on trial, but to make His home there, to ‘settle’ there, to establish His permanent dwelling there. ‘Think ye,’ asks James, ‘that it is a vain and empty saying of Scripture, that the Spirit which God hath caused to settle permanently in our hearts as His home, yearneth after us with jealous envy?’ ” –B.B.Warfield “The Power of God Unto Salvation” pp. 142
Romans 5:1 Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
“…it is because we have been justified, says the Apostle–really and truly justified–out of faith, that we have this peace with God which we feel in our quieted souls, and exult in this hope of the glory of God in which we are now rejoicing. Not only the case of Abraham [Romans 4], but their own experience as well, will teach them then that it is out of faith and not out of works that God justifies the sinner.”
“The peace that steals into the heart of him who rests upon this Savior in faith, and the joy that exults upon his lips as he contemplates standing in him before the judgment-seat of God, are but the proper emotions of the satisfied conscience, and as such are the proof to us that God’s wrath is really appeased, his condemnation reversed, and his face turned upon us in loving acceptance in his beloved Son. Lastly, then, his experience of peace and joy is an irrefutable proof that this and no other is the just God’s method of justifying the sinner.” –Benjamin B. Warfield “Selected Shorter Writings” Vol. 2, “Paul’s Argument from Experience” p. 144, 151