“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh. That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For as many as are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons of God” Romans 8:1-4, 14.
LIGHT FOR NOW: The man in Christ has the spirit of adoption.
In our previous studies on this subject, we came to deduce after careful explanations that what Paul explained in Romans 8 was that the sons of God are led (that is, born) by the spirit of God; they are no longer in the flesh, but in the spirit; by the indwelling of the Spirit which is received at salvation. That is, by faith in the gospel, they (the man in Christ) has mortified the deeds of the body and is alive (the spirit is life). Paul echoes this in verse 10 of Romans 8, it reads “And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the spirit is life because of righteousness”. Now in verse 15, Paul points our attention to a vital fact of the indwelling of the spirit; it reads, “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” (Romans 8:15). Let’s pay attention to the word “adoption”. It is important to point out first that the word “adoption” used here by Paul is not the same as the literal scenario where a couple in need of a child for years gets to adopt a child maybe from an orphanage home or wherever. The word “adoption” here is the word “huiothesia” which implies “to place as” or “to be in the position of” or “to be seen as” a son. This thus differs in meaning to the literal scenario where a couple adopts a child as we said earlier. Paul explained the same fact in verse 15 of Romans 8 in his letter to the churches at Galatia and Ephesus, they read “To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons” (Galatians 4:5). “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself according to the good pleasure of his will” (Ephesians 1:5). Now, a critical point to observe is that every time he explained it (that is, adoption), he used the words “sons” or “children”. So what could this tell us? Let’s see what this tells us in the proceeding study. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Knowledge is key, go for it.
PRAYER: Father, I declare that the eyes of my understanding are enlightened in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: How effective your Christian walk is, is equivalent to how much you understand your realities encapsulated in the written word.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: GALATIANS CHAPTER 4