#20 Sons of God
We’ve come a long way in our study of Romans from our position as lost, helpless sinners in Romans chapter 1, or, in the words of Paul in Ephesians 2:12, aliens from the Commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, to our position as children of God and joint heirs with Christ in Romans 8:16-17.
In between these opposite poles we’ve been justified through faith in Christ, as taught in Romans 3:21- 5:21 and we are being sanctified, as taught in Romans 6-8.
THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN A CHRISTIAN’S LIFE
In Romans 8:1-2 we rejoice in the freedom from condemnation which we have through Christ. This freedom in Christ saves us from a life of legalism, fear and bondage and of struggling to live to please God as we surrender to the indwelling Holy Spirit who empowers us to live the Christian life under His control and by His power.
Whereas the Holy Spirit is mentioned but once in Romans 1-7, when we come to chapter 8 He is mentioned about twenty times. The Spirit of God is the divine agent in our sanctification who empowers Christians to live the Christian life. It is the God-centered life and a God-powered life, and no one but yielded Christians can live it.
The Holy Spirit supernaturally changes our self-centered nature.
“If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature” (a new creation), II Corinthians5:17 The Holy Spirit moves into our lives as Christians and changes us fundamentally from the inside out. It’s not just some superficial change nor some type of religious cloak we wear on Sunday and take it off to live a sensual, selfish, sinful life during the rest of the week.
Each of us either lives our daily life according to the flesh or according to the control of the Holy Spirit. According to Romans 8:5-8 and Philippians 2:5-16 we choose either a fleshly mind-set or spiritual mind-set.
The carnal mind does not lead to death. It is spiritually dead already. Romans 7:5, 8:6, Ephesians 2:1.
The Spirit-controlled mind is life and peace. Romans 8:6.
Do you battle with sin?
A mere professing “Christian” has no battle with the flesh nor with sin. Sin is a part of him. He is comfortable, satisfied and at home with sin, thoroughly enjoying it.
Dear reader, if this describes you, don’t deceive yourself. You are not a Christian; regardless of any profession or an emotional experience of the past. You are still spiritual dead in your sins.
The Christian life is a struggle with sin. Paul, one of the godliest men who ever lived, describes his struggle vividly in Romans 7:14-25 and Galatians 5:15-16. If this struggle is foreign to you; it’s because you are still a natural unconverted man or woman totally at home in this anti-God, Satanic world system.
Thank God, that as Christians, the moment we die or are caught up to Heaven in the glorious return of Christ, as described in John 14:1-3, I Thessalonians 4:13-18, I Corinthians 15:51-58, Titus 2:11-15, Hebrew 9:27-28, our life-time struggle with sin will be over and our salvation will be completed with our glorification. I John 3:1-3.
Consider our sonship with God.
THE REALITY OF OUR SONSHIP
Not all church goers are children of God. Religious liberals have always taught “the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of man”. There is no divine brotherhood of the human race and God is not the Father of those who reject Christ. There is no common brotherhood between those who receive the Bible as the inspired, infallible Word of God and those who receive it only as a flawed religious book. Jesus referred to the religious Pharisees in John 8:44 as being “of their father, the Devil.”
Jesus announced to the Pharisee, Nicodemus, in John 3 that to have eternal life “he must be born again” and that those who reject Christ as Saviour do not have eternal life, but “the wrath of God abides on them”
THE ASSURANCE OF OUR SONSHIP
Those who put their trust in Christ are not merely individual Christians with no relationship with one another. Rather we are sons and daughters of God and thus brothers and sisters in Christ within the Family of God. The following Scriptures speak of the assurance we have as members of God’s Family. Romans 8:9-17, Galatians 4:1-7, Ephesians 1:1-14,
THE PRIVILEGES OF OUR SONSHIP
Again, looking at the passage we just read in Romans 8:9-17; we who were slaves to Satan are now adopted into the Family of God. We enjoy an intimacy with God through prayer and fellowship and we are given an inheritance as heirs of God. Unlike in human relationships, we do not need to wait for someone to die to enjoy our inheritance. Jesus already died for our sins and has risen from the dead. We can enjoy much of our inheritance now even in the present age. Read about this relationship with God through Christ and of our privileges as members of the family of God. I Peter 1:3-8, I Corinthians 3:21-24,
THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF SONSHIP
As members of the Family of God, we are expected to walk (that is, live) as dear children of God. Ephesians 5:1-8, As members of the Family we are expected to obey God I Peter 1:13-1 and love God and His family, both local and scattered across the face of the earth. I John 3:7-24
Let us live as children of God for our Heavenly Father’s glory.
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