“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 spirit of God and the spirit of the believer are indistinguishable. They are one and the same.
In our previous studies, we continued in Paul’s flow of thoughts where we began to examine his words in verse 15 of Romans 8 which 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”. Recall, the word adoption differs from the literal scenario where a couple adopts a child. The word “adoption” being translated implies “to place as” or “to be in the position of” or “to be seen as a son”. In Galatians 4:5 and Ephesians 1:5, Paul echoes the same fact to these churches and what should be observed is that each time he explained adoption, he used the words “sons” or “children”. Hence, “adoption” for the believer will mean there is a placement in the stead of the son Christ Jesus; that is, being seen in the same way as Jesus. In essence, the spirit of adoption implies that those in Christ Jesus share the same identity of sons with Christ. The word “Abba” is a word that was used for affection and preciousness; thereby implying source and sustainer. It explains that we are precious to Him and He has affection for us. Thus, the work of the Spirit in the believer is to unfold to him the affectionate relationship He has with the Father (Father-son relationship). Again, Paul explained this in his letter to the Galatian church, it reads “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the spirit of his son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father”. The statement “…God hath sent forth the spirit of his son into your hearts…” implies that His Spirit is in our hearts, and this is the core of our being. Let’s pay attention to Paul’s explanation in verse 16, it reads, “The spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God” (Romans 8:16). The phrase “beareth witness with” when translated implies a joint witness or evidence. Hence, the Spirit and our spirit are one and the same. It means two as one witness. That is, you will never be able to distinguish the Spirit of God from the spirit of the believer in Christ. This is the same truth he explained to the Corinthian church, it reads, “But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit” (1Corinthians 6:17). Therefore, the man in Christ is indwelt by God’s Spirit, this is the Spirit of adoption; he is seen as a son; he is placed as a son. The same way Jesus is seen is the same way this man is seen; this man is the born again man. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: You are a Son of God. Acknowledge it.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for my realities unveiled to me in the revelation of your word, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: The born again man has received the spirit of adoption.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 6; EVENING: GALATIANS CHAPTER 4