“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together.”
- Rom. 8:14-17
He is speaking of being led rather than being forced, drawing a contrast between those under the Law and those under grace. It would be good to think about the dispensational setting.
Today the filling with the Spirit is a goal (Ephesians 5:18) to be attained by grace
through faith, as we allow ourselves to be “led by the Spirit of God” (Romans 8:14).
“For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary the one to the other, so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
“But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law” (Galatians 5:17,18).
A believer is not under the law, but if they don’t have the knowledge built up in there inner man they will be putting themselves under that law and then being functional dead to God. That is a state of not be able to serve God because of a lack of Knowledge.
Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
Even though this verse is talking to Israel about the priesthood we can get the principalities
If we don’t have the Knowledge built up within us me are rejecting God.
In the past, fellowship with God depended upon obedience to the Law.
The nation of Israel rejected God’s Knowledge hindering there fellowship.
1 Corinthians 10:6-12
God has given us an ensample that we should not look to the flesh, but listen to the leading of the Spirit.
In the present dispensation, grace and faith are elevated to their highest place. Grace provides the needed help of the Holy Spirit, and this help is taken by faith. We are neither simply commanded to obey God, nor does the Holy Spirit randomly take control and “cause” us to obey. God’s people enjoy fellowship with Him as they yield themselves to the leading of the Spirit.
In Christ 1 Corinthians 15:22
Righteousness Romans 3:26
- Romans 6:11 Reckon = believe
- Romans 6:13 Yield = let it work in you or Apply
- Romans 6:19
“For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again, to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba Father” (Ver. 15).
“adoption.” Galatians 4:1-7
“Now I say, that the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; “But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. “EVEN SO we, when we were children, were in bondage under the
elements of the world: “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, “To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. “Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son then an heir of god trough Christ.
“adoption” = apprentice
We think of an apprentice on a job learning under the skilled worker to try to think like him act like him and work like him. The apprentice wants to be able to go on a job and not have to call the boss for advice, but be built up in Knowledge so they can carry out the bosses work just as it is the boss working. That is adoption in the bible.
According to this passage, “adoption” is the “placing as a son” – a full-grown son.
In the life of the Hebrew boy there came a time, “appointed of the father,” when
“adoption” proceedings took place and the boy was declared to be the son and heir of the father. Before that time he had been a son, indeed, but “under tutors and governors.”
He had been told what he must and must not do, what he might and might not do.
In this he differed nothing from a servant.
As full grown sons we come into a deeper appreciation of the fact that we are God’s children by birth:
“For… ye have received… the Spirit of adoption,” he says, “whereby we cry
Abba, Father,” and adds:
“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
“And if children [born ones], then heirs; heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together” (Rom. 8:16,17).
born ones = Titus 3:5
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God
joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together” (Rom. 8:16,17).
As “joint-heirs with Christ” we share in all of Christ’s riches; not part belonging
to each, but all to both. All He has is ours (I Corinthians 3:21-23; II Corinthians 4:15). In Him
and with Him we are “blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places”
Your position in Glory as God’s extension of righteousness will be based on what you qualify for based on suffering vs denying doctrine.
2 Timothy 2:12-13
If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: 13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
“if so be that we suffer with Him,” we shall also be “glorified together.” With this thought the Apostle introduces the subject of our present sufferings and the glory to come.
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
19For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
20For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
21Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
22For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
23And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
24For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
25But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
26Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
Brother Marshall Coleman Sr.