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Four Things the Spirit Does in You

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BIBLE INSIGHTS in 500 words.

 

Four Things The Spirit Does In You.
Romans 8:14-17
Richard Leslie Parrott, Ph.D.

14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him, we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

Each of these verses refers to us as God’s children or sons. Notice how the Spirit works with us.

First, the Spirit leads us as we pursue holiness, “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God” (vs. 14). Make the connection with vs. 13, “putting to death the misdeeds of the body.” The Spirit will lead us. This is a promise we receive because we have the life of God and are “the children of God.”

Second, the Spirit replaces fear with freedom, “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship” (vs. 15). The two images, slave and son, speak of a relationship of fear and a relationship of freedom. The NIV Cultural Bible explains, “Ancient sources often contrast a householder’s children, who are his heirs (v. 17), with his slaves. The two relationships are decidedly different. For people in Rome, “adoption” (v. 15) meant a cancellation of old legal relationships, establishing a new relationship as an heir.”

Third, the Spirit urges us to embrace God as Father, “And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’ 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children” (vs. 15-16). “Abba” was an every day, homely word. This Father-child intimacy goes beyond anything known if Judaism at the time of Jesus.   The NIV Cultural Bible: “Although a few parables in much later sources compare God with an Abba, it does not appear in Jewish prayers (unlike “Father”); it was apparently learned from Jesus (Mk 14:36).”

Fourth, the Spirit is the first fruits of our inheritance, “Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory” (vs. 17). And, here is the fruition of the sanctified life, the holy life – a partnership with God in Christ in both suffering and glory. We are called to join God in his grand project of saving the world. Our inheritance is the New Heaven and the New Earth (Romans 8:18-30), but our inheritance is also God himself.

 

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