July 13, 2023 – Thursday
Romans 8:14-16 NIV
14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
Romans 8:14-16 NKJV
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
Today’s verses are preparation for subsequent verses over the next few days as they are foundational. We will look at each verse individually, and then look at the group to see what they tell us as we go forward.
Verse 14, 14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God is almost self-explanatory, but let’s dig in a bit anyway. Guzik is quick to point out, we should not think that being led by the Spirit is a pre-condition to being a son of God. Instead, we become sons first and then the Spirit of God leads us. In other words, the leading of the Spirit of God comes to those who have admitted they are sinners, believe Jesus paid for their sins on the cross and call upon the risen Christ as their Lord and Savior. Guzik provides a test for sonship, are you being led by the Spirit of God. If you are then you have truly accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior.
Next, we have verse 15, 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”We, who were once slaves of and to sin, hold God in incredible awe, awe that may be thought of as fear. But it is not so once we receive the Spirit as eventually we come to terms with the fact that we are adopted in sonship through Jesus and what He did on the cross. Here I prefer the NIV as the Greek word for adoption to sonship is a term referring to the full legal standing of an adopted male heir in Roman culture. Further, living as a son, a child, of God means we have a relationship with Him that is both intimate and joyful in many ways, unlike the burden and worry from the law. The key point is that we have a child to Father connection with God and it is such that we may cry out Abba, Father! Where Abba is an affectionate Aramaic term for father or Daddy!
Finally, verse 16 for today, 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Read that again, it is a statement! And as such we do not have to wonder if we are really Christians or not for God’s children know who they are. Guzik writes, Jewish law stated that at the mouth of two or three witnesses everything had to be established (Deuteronomy 17:6). There are two witnesses to our salvation: our own witness and the witness of the Spirit.
Bottom Line: Through Jesus we are indeed children of God, each of us is a child of God through the grace and salvation we have through Jesus the Christ. When we call upon Jesus as our Lord and Savior and follow Him we are adopted into sonship and the Holy Spirit testifies to this along with each of us.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, How wonderful that not only do we have salvation through Your Son, but that we are all adopted into sonship by You. Thank You Abba, Father. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton