Hey y'all! It's rainy and kinda chilly here again... I was so ready for spring! Ah well.So, in the last few sermon summaries, there's been a lot mentioned about the 3rd person of the Trinity, so from Romans 14-17, that's Who we studied. I was very encouraged by it, not really having studied specifically the Spirit of God before. Let's remember this chapter's purpose is assurance as we delve into this. The leading of the Holy Spirit is intended to assure us that we are indeed Sons of God, verse 14: "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God." Recall back in verse 13, it says, "For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live." The Spirit's activity on the inside is the cause of believers activity of putting to death these deeds.
1) What is the leading of the Holy Spirit in this context?
What the Spirit does in us is something the Law could not do. Remember the struggle with the law we all have back in chapter 7? Well, we are prone to try to deal with our sins according to the law. Our sins recoil against the Spirit and when we are told not to do something, it aggravates our flesh to want to do it. But if anyone puts to death the deeds of the flesh, he can be assured of his salvation because the Spirit must be working in him. Sanctification is not dealing with sin by flesh or by law. The seduction of moralism is the essence of the enemy power here. We are not living our lives merely to be beyond scandal. We do not negotiate our personal moral codes until we find acceptance of our behavior. This is NOT the gospel! Moralism reduces the gospel to moral improvement. Sanctification rather is living in total dependence on the Spirit of God. Within this context, the leading of the Holy Spirit is His enablement for us to mortify the deeds of the flesh.
2) How does the Spirit of God lead me to put to death the deeds of the body?
We cross referenced Galatians 5:16-23 to study this. There are three steps from that passage we can glean: a) vs 17, He counteracts the desires of my flesh. The struggle becomes greater and greater until we are stronger. Until greater is He who is in me. b) vs 16, He directs me to walk away from those things that would fulfill the desires of the flesh. c) vs 22-23, He produces fruit in me. Very, very practical fruit. Love, joy, peace, patience, y'all know the rest. These fruits is what Paul calls walking in the deeds of the Spirit.
3) All this, the Spirit's leading, is evidence of Sonship. Only God's people can experience this. Romans 8:15, what is this spirit of bondage again to fear Paul is speaking of? He is referring to Galatians 4 where it discusses the law. The Spirit has not bought us into a relationship of bondage, Paul wants to make that very clear.
5) You know your sonship and legal status of adoption because of the following evidences:
a) By the Spirit, we cry out, "Abba", verse 15. This is related to the word, Daddy, Da Da. Is that irreverent? We are so used to starting our prayers, "Almighty Creator, Lord". The idea here is that Da Da is like the first sound an infant makes. Now as we are born into God's family, we are infants, calling Him Daddy.
b) Verse 15, "you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” You know you can run and cling to your earthly father and it not be irreverent to his position in your life. Similarly, we can run and cling to our Abba and it not be inappropriate, especially when we are trying to counteract the desires of our flesh. That's exactly what Jesus did when He was in the garden the night He was betrayed. He cried out, "Abba, Father!" We can do the same, because we are joint heirs with Christ!
c) We know we are sons the Spirit bearing witness to us and by our sufferings with Him, verse 17.
We have been brought into a relationship of Sonship. THIS MATTERS. When we became Christians, we came into a familial relationship. Instead of being brought into slavery, we have been legally adopted. We have to be careful not to confuse our modern understanding of adoption with the fullness that this carries in the Bible. Think of a prince who is born into the royal life and is brought up for the purpose of ruling, with nannies and etiquette classes and strict schedules. He knows who he is, what his purpose is, and hopefully he embraces the duties he has been intended for. It is similar when we are adopted by the Lord. We come into the full rights and privileges Christ, God's Son and Heir, has.
God calls us to bring forth fruit. Only the Spirit can bring about love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control in our lives. Our flesh says, "Pursue this!" but the Spirit says, "No, I will bring about something in you better." Honestly, God is doing all the work. He puts us up there to rule with His Son and gives us the Spirit to help us. I am eternally grateful.
This wool skirt I pulled from my great grandmother's closet after her passing. It is about 7" too big in the top since all the elastic had rotted out, but it wasn't anything a safety pin couldn't handle. ;) Because of this extra bulk around the waist, though, I had to choose a shirt that was a little flowy-er and could hide that. I just happened to have this sweater that matched perfectly and I hadn't been keen on wearing because it was flowy. Win/win.
I also chose my smallest tank top to help squash some of the bulk to make things smoother.
Shirt: Thrift Store: $1
Tank: Forever21: $1.80
Shoes: Walmart 6 years ago: $20
Hat: Sears: $3
Earrings: Walmart: $3