But this "adoption," if it stood alone, would be no blessing. Look at the earth opening her mouth to swallow up the rebellious, the fiery serpents, the pestilence, and compare with these the blind receiving their sight, the multitudes fed with bread, and the widow receiving from death her child. Father!"(A. He may seem to have no definable object of pursuit; led on now by one impulse, now by another, its force and persistency varying in all degrees. The cry and the groaning (ver. Am I forgiven? "By the deeds of the law there shaft no flesh be justified in His sight."2. It is not the spirit of bondage again to fear; it is the filial obedience of those who, having received the Spirit of adoption, are enabled to cry, Abba, Father. "Adoption" is that act whereby we are received into the family of God. G. Horton.1. king, etc.II. H. The filial spirit prevails in the whole of the experience of every one of the children of God. And how was this escape from bondage to be effected? A father's will is law to a good son; and all that a father reposes or inflicts is submitted to without murmuring, from a persuasion of his wisdom and right to correct us when we do wrong, combined with a firm conviction that he seeks only our welfare and good. Romans 1:8-15 would be classified as the thanksgiving section of Paul’s letter to the Romans. 5/11/2008. Begets THE MOST CHILDLIKE FAMILIARITY. No labour in the Lord can be in vain; no commandment of God can be grievous.3. "Ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus."3. WHAT IS "THE SPIRIT OF BONDAGE"?1. Very beautiful is that word, "Abba" just here. He gives it a partnership in the same privileges.2. Suffer we must; but —1. thing to justify this. This cry is the product of the Holy Spirit (see also Galatians 4:6). He now, too, feels that the wages of sin is death.3. The righteousness of Christ imputed, secures the soul, the better part, from death. Oh, that ever the Lord should put me among the children!4. The Spirit of God seals the children of adoption. COMMUNION AND FELLOWSHIP. Divine adoption is in Scripture either taken properly for that act or sentence of God by which we are made sons, or for the privileges with which the adopted are invested. It is opposed to restraint and violence, but not to subordination and cheerful obedience.1. Anything of loving Him is often absolutely ridiculed.2. Henceforth he does not serve sin; being made free from sin he is become the servant of righteousness.4. Of all words that which comprises most of wisdom, tenderness, and love, is "Father." And now the whole of the sinner's future course is characterised by love; he is no longer a slave, but he is become a child. The children of adoption place themselves under the protection of their heavenly Father (Psalm 31:5, 15).6. he goes about feeling that he has undertaken a work which is far beyond his strength. From that we shall never be altogether delivered. If, then, we are told that the sinner must first love God, must first serve God, and then he may hope for the favour of God — this is just a sentence of despair to any man who knows himself. But when a man finds the gospel, that spirit is changed. A wealthy parent may send his child away for a season, and place him under tutors and governors, but it is to receive him back eventually with increased honour and joy. Father!” (ESV) It is safe to say we all battle with seasons of fear and worry. thing to justify this. (2) Among Mohammedans we find the same spirit prevailing. The witness of the Holy Spirit, which works —(1) Through the Word of which He is the Author. Confidence.(D. This one thing done, the whole character of our obedience becomes changed. This is not a small thing. Mitchell.The expression is used once by Christ, twice by Paul. )A childlike spirit towards GodBaptist Noel, M.A.I. He gives them "the Spirit of adoption." He cannot fear the wrath of God, for it is turned away; the devil, because his power is ended; hell, for he is an heir of the kingdom; death, for that is now but the vestibule of heaven.3. It is the child, not the subject or servant, that cries "Abba, Father." This cry is the product of the Holy Spirit (see also Galatians 4:6). The Holy Spirit communicates to believers the comfort arising from their adoption into God's family, i.e. But, as in nature, as soon as ever a branch is grafted into a tree the sap begins to flow into that branch; and however dissimilar the graft to the parent stock, the passing of the graft into that stock gradually makes them one: — so in Christ, the "Spirit of adoption" following the "adoption," seals the union by making the affinity close, happy, and eternal!4. Reverence and honour (Malachi 1:6).4. Conclusion: The natural man neither fears nor loves God; one under the law fears: one under grace loves. The means is that view of the love of God which none but an adopted child can have. But now, after ye have known God... how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements," such as the sacra of your original family, "whereunto ye desire to be again in bondage" (Ephesians 1:5). Enoch's was no servant's walk, nor could fear have wrought Abraham's faith. G. Horton.1. There are moments in Christian experience when the language of familiarity rises into the language of anguish. On this point the apostle is the best exponent of his own views in that allegory of Agar and Sarah (Galatians 4:22-26). he goes about feeling that he has undertaken a work which is far beyond his strength. "Thou, O Lord, art in the midst of us, and we are called by Thy name." INTRODUCTION: This evening, I would like … MEEK SUBMISSION AND CHEERFUL OBEDIENCE. But whereas St. John always represents this idea in its simplest form, St. Paul, and St. Paul only, describes this sonship more artificially as adoptive. "When the fulness of the time was come," etc.2. THE ORIGIN OF THIS SPIRIT. )The Spirit of adoptionA. WHAT IS "THE SPIRIT OF BONDAGE"?1. M. Symington, D.D.I. The same saints do not at all times enjoy the same measure of this Spirit, but differ as much from themselves as they do from one another.4. Mitchell. But, as in nature, as soon as ever a branch is grafted into a tree the sap begins to flow into that branch; and however dissimilar the graft to the parent stock, the passing of the graft into that stock gradually makes them one: — so in Christ, the "Spirit of adoption" following the "adoption," seals the union by making the affinity close, happy, and eternal!4. Having peace with God, and rejoicing in hope, he has the Spirit of adoption who sheds abroad the love of God and man in the heart, and works in him to will and do of His good pleasure. It is obvious that, in proportion as this is comprehended, men must "fear." MEEK SUBMISSION AND CHEERFUL OBEDIENCE. They are relieved and sustained by the hopes and promises of the gospel. And yet there are times when you tear yourselves away to say your prayers — to come to church; to read a chapter in the Bible; but whilst engaged in these exercises you long for them to be over. If he finds his father's door for a moment closed, see how he knocks. Romans 8 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV) Life in the Spirit 8 So now anyone who is in Christ Jesus is not judged guilty. This whole state of bondage is described in chap. )The Spirit of bondage and adoptionB. They are sometimes told that, if they obey the admonitions of the Koran, they shall have a sensual paradise. It is natural for a son to seek his father's society, and to tell him all his wishes, all his wants. God's children submit to such chastisement as He thinks proper to administer (Proverbs 3:11).5. )The Spirit of adoptionT. "If we suffer with Him." A comfortable persuasion of the love of God towards us.3. and Calvin think that it is to show that both Jews and Greeks each in their own respective language would call on God as a Father. Why should the Saviour in Gethsemane employ two languages, and Paul when speaking of the free Spirit which animates believers? 3 We cannot, therefore, sufficiently thank God that wherever He gives "adoption," He follows by "the Spirit of adoption." And what does the poor trembling sinner do to mend his case? The Spirit of adoption is distinct from adoption itself, and is not essential to its existence.2. 6. In matters of right and wrong, the Christian claims to himself, and allows to others, the right of private judgment; but he neither claims to himself, nor guarantees to another, the liberty of contravening in a single instance, the commandment of his God.III. Into the Son, God elects and engrafts members. "We love Him because He first loved us.". BY WAY OF CONTRAST, as it is opposed to any form of obedience performed in a slavish and unready mind.1. It pulled down, injured, and destroyed; and the more destruction it produced, the greater it was feared, and the more loudly it was applauded. By the Spirit of adoption, we are enabled to approach with boldness the throne of grace, in prayer to God (Ephesians 2:18).(A. He commits it every day. It is a little up-thrusting of the Apostle's mother tongue. So likewise we can come to God when we have sinned against Him, believing that He will quickly restore us to His favour, and not vindictively cast us off for ever. This Spirit of adoption is a spirit of —I. BUT WHAT OF THE PRESENT? Very beautiful is that word, "Abba" just here. The same saints do not at all times enjoy the same measure of this Spirit, but differ as much from themselves as they do from one another.4. You are heirs of God (ver. Did the Roman bestow his own name on the child he adopted? On this point the apostle is the best exponent of his own views in that allegory of Agar and Sarah (Galatians 4:22-26). Though believers are not wholly exempt from a spirit of bondage —1. And as soon as the Spirit begins to work in a sinner's heart, the very first thing He plants there is, "I will arise and go to my Father," etc. Why should the Saviour in Gethsemane employ two languages, and Paul when speaking of the free Spirit which animates believers? And how was this escape from bondage to be effected? It is only a cry, a name named, and that a child's lisp of the first two sounds of the alphabet. BEING THUS ADOPTED INTO SONSHIP WE ARE HEIRS OF GOD AND JOINT-HEIRS WITH CHRIST. Romans 15:14-33 - Sermon Videos. The man's own spirit. They who are adopted into God's family are delivered from the dominion of sin. Anything of loving Him is often absolutely ridiculed.2. And what does the poor trembling sinner do to mend his case? God's own Word declares,"To as many as received Christ to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name"; now, I have received Christ, and I do believe on His name: therefore I have the right to be one of the sons of God. The charm of the family is in the freedom which love imparts. Study Romans 8 with ... Chester McCalley . and Calvin think that it is to show that both Jews and Greeks each in their own respective language would call on God as a Father. By the Spirit of adoption, we are enabled to approach with boldness the throne of grace, in prayer to God (Ephesians 2:18).(A. THE SPIRIT OF WITNESS. The fumes of these opiates being dispelled, he feels the anguish of a wounded spirit — he fears, indeed — God's wrath, death, etc., almost to the verge of despair.4. Thus Moses was the adopted son of Pharaoh's daughter, and Esther was the adopted daughter of Mordecai. Though in the Divine family, men are still on earth — not the most congenial place, and even Jesus seems to have had quite enough of it when He said, "And now I come to Thee," The definition suggests emphasis or urgency. A sense of sin is generally attended with a sight of wrath, and a conviction of the worth of the soul; and where the one is deeply felt, the other is greatly feared. To the same purport there is another illustration of the two dispensations, addressed to the same Church (Galatians 4:3-7). How can he dread God any more? By the Spirit of adoption, we are enabled to approach with boldness the throne of grace, in prayer to God (Ephesians 2:18).(A. Flavel. THE SPIRIT OF PRAYER. How much larger and more tender the word than master, magistrate. A distressing apprehension of danger, arising from the conviction of sin, which is one of the first effects of the law upon the conscience.2. That is a fear which should rightly dwell in every unregenerate heart. The same illustration is indicated in Galatians 4:3: "When we were children we were in bondage under the elements of the world," addicted to the rites of our original family; "but when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son," etc. 1. He discovers to believers the path of light; qualifies them for their present rank; and supports them during their pilgrimage.II. [] And by him we cry, “Abba, [] Father. Romans 5:5).2. Did the new father engage to treat the stranger with parental care and kindness? From this view of the condition of the believer we may infer three characteristics of evangelical service.1. They will be servants, and not sons; they will be labouring to obey, and not trying to believe. THE ORIGIN OF THIS SPIRIT. All creation is his Father's house, and he can say, "Everything in it is mine, on to death itself." The more we walk in the light of God's countenance, the more readily shall we run in the way of His commandments.III. And if only we could take in the simple conception that God is a "Father," well-nigh the whole work of our religion would be done. The colours of its wings are kindred to the tints in that rainbow. )AdoptionDean Merivale.The spiritual connection of the true disciple with God is repeatedly represented to us in Paul's Epistles under the figure of sonship. He only it is who implants faith, and He it is who alone communicates "the Spirit of adoption. Christian liberty is equally opposed to slavery and licentiousness. Roberts, M.A. 26) are His work; the natural man knows nothing of them.2. McLeod, D.D.I. Romans 9. You are heirs of God (ver. Thus will Jehovah act with regard to us.(T. And not only fitted, but designed. EVOKES THE DEEPEST FILIAL FEELING. Here ends the bondage unto fear. He does not want wages; but he receives rewards. They are followers — imitators — of God as dear children. Flavel.Betwixt civil and sacred adoption there is a two-fold agreement and disagreement. What other word so fitted as a basis for all the nations to meet on and be made one! For this reason he is in some sense at rest: because blind he is secure, he cannot tremble at the danger he does not know. THE GIFT WHICH GOD CONFERS ON HIS CHILDREN. Unpardoned guilt fills the mind with continual terrors (Job 15:20-24).4. This one thing done, the whole character of our obedience becomes changed. 172 The Holy Spirit is referred to approximately 29 times in the Book of Romans. It is thus quite possible to be glad and thankful for my pain. This destroying power is a low, vulgar power. Here ends the bondage unto fear. - Benny Hinn, Live Stream (December-30-2020), Invite God Into Your Difficulties - Joel Osteen (December-30-2020), Psalms & Proverbs: Psalm 124:1-8, Proverbs 29:5-8. Grandly prophetic of the time, to bring about which the Saviour died and the apostle laboured, is "Abba, Father." Confidence.(D. Romans 7 is applicable to all the world. 1. His cry is heard and heavenly healing light breaks in on his soul — the light of the glorious love of God in the face of Jesus Christ. He assumed, moreover, on adoption, the burdens or privileges incident to the performance of the rights of his new family. These distinct tendencies of the two dispensations are discoverable in almost every circumstance. (2) The miracles of the two dispensations. How much more shall a cry of anguish reach Him and bring Him to our relief.(R. He may give him a son's portion, but he cannot give him a son's feelings. Thus will Jehovah act with regard to us.(T. Yet he is not troubled. Apprehensions respecting present judgments. Do you think that the poor prodigal, when, all ragged and worn as he was, he came back to his father's house, and felt his father's arms around him, and his father's kiss upon his pale and withered cheek — think you that he dreaded that father then?4. "I will receive you and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." And this praying is —1. (1) The natural fear which the creature has of its Creator, because of its own insignificance and its Maker's greatness. (3) In the Roman Catholic Church, although there may be sometimes a reference to the promises of the gospel, how much more frequently and powerfully the fear of its votaries is addressed. Now truly he desires to break loose from sin and begins to struggle with it. It builds its nest and rears its nestlings in the tree that overhangs the cataract. "The Spirit itself beareth witness. "I will receive you and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." You are heirs of God (ver. DEPENDENCE AND TRUST. Contrast —(1) The method of their introduction, the thunderings of Sinai with the stillness of Bethlehem; the voice of the trumpet with the melody of angels; the blackness and darkness and tempest with the mild halo of glory which played around the wondering shepherds as they kept watch over their flocks by night. Hagee is also the CEO of his non-profit corporation, Global Evangelism Television (GETV). How easy prayer is to a God, who thus reinstating us in sonship, will allow from us such address.2. The children of adoption place themselves under the protection of their heavenly Father (Psalm 31:5, 15). "When the fulness of the time was come," etc.2. THE CONSEQUENCES.1. And as soon as the Spirit begins to work in a sinner's heart, the very first thing He plants there is, "I will arise and go to my Father," etc. (c)A holy confidence. The colours of its wings are kindred to the tints in that rainbow. You are joint heirs with Christ. thing to justify this. 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