Tag: Spirit of sonship

Not a slave, but a son!

Scripture reading for August 20th:  Psalm 108-111, Galatians 4

Key Scriptures:  Galatians 4:4-7 “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.  And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba, Father!”  So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.” 

Paul carefully explained God’s amazing plan to redeem those in slavery to sin under the law and it’s curse of death.  God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, born of woman, and born under the law.  He identified with sinful men, but was Himself without sin for He perfectly kept God’s law.  He did this to purchase with His sacrificial death the freedom of all who would believe on Him in faith.  All who believe receive the Spirit of God who bears witness in our hearts that we are God’s children and heirs with Christ.

Psalm 108:3-5 “I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to You among the nations.  For Your steadfast love is great above the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.  Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!  Let Your glory be over all the earth!”

Prayer:  O Father, Your amazing love and faithfulness to us brings the joy of being adopted into Your great household!  May Your glory be over all the nations as Your children share your love!  Amen.

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The working of the Spirit

Scripture reading for July 23rd: Romans 8:9-23

The Holy Spirit works within the believer to produce life and peace.  (Romans 8:6)  One of the first things that He does is help each person who trusts Jesus Christ to know that they are a child of God.  “because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.  For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.  And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father.”  The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” (Romans 8:14-16)

Before we were saved, we had an underlying fear of death.  We knew that those who sinned deserved to die and would be judged.  God made this evident to Jew and Gentile alike through the law and conscience.  But in Christ, the fear of death is removed by the Spirit of Life.  We are now adopted into God’s family through the Spirit and have an inner knowledge of God as our true Father in Heaven.  We can even call him “Abba”, the Aramaic word for “Daddy”!  We have two witnesses, our spirit and the Holy Spirit that we belong to God.  This brings great joy and peace!  Not only are we children, but heirs and co-heirs with Christ in the kingdom of our Father!

Suffering is in the package, however.  If we belong to Christ, we will share in His sufferings while here on this earth as we await our full redemption.  (Romans 8:17-18)  In fact, Paul tells the Roman believers and us that all of creation is awaiting this  future redemption.  It is groaning in pains like that of a woman giving birth.  “We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.  Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.” (Romans 8:22-23)

This suffering is nothing compared to the glory that is to be revealed in us!  The best is yet to come!  The Spirit is helping us and leading us to this time of complete redemption.  He reassures us that we belong to God and encourages us in our suffering, revealing Christ’s glory and a vision of this glorious freedom when we receive our redeemed body!

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