Sermon Study Guide
Children of God
Romans: From Guilt to Glory (54) - Jan. 19, 2020 - Pastor Alan Cousins
Text: Romans 8:12-17
Introduction: In today’s verses, Paul starts with the indicative, and moves to the imperative. He tells us who we are, and then he challenges us with what we ought to be.
Paul’s two-fold purpose in today’s Scripture lesson is to exhort us to holiness and assure us of our confidence in God's salvation.
I. BELIEVERS ARE OBLIGATED TO GOD TO LIVE A CHRIST-LIKE LIFE (Rom. 8:12)
We should not live according to the principles, aims, and goals of the corrupt human nature we inherited from Adam.
We should grow in grace because we are obligated to God, especially because of His indwelling Holy Spirit.
II. BELIEVERS ARE AWARE OF THE DIVINELY REVEALED SECRET OF THE MORTIFICATION OF THE FLESH (Rom. 8:13; Matt. 16:25)
Sinful living leads to death, while putting sin to death always leads to life.
Grace never produces apathy in true believers; but rather a strong, grace dependent, faithful activity on the part of the believer.
Another thing Paul emphasizes in verse 13, is not just the sanctification of the believer in general, but specifically, the mortification of the flesh.
“Do mortify” ~ means our responsible activity.
“Do mortify the deeds of the body” ~ means more than just physical sins. It includes any and all practices which characterize the sinful nature.
“Through the Spirit” ~ The mortification of the flesh is made possible for us by the resources and power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
“Ye shall live” ~ This refers to the fullness of eternal life that the saints will enjoy forever in fellowship with God.
III.SANCTIFICATION IS THE EVIDENCE THAT WE ARE GOD’S CHILDREN (Rom. 8:14)
Paul is reminding us that sanctification always accompanies and is the evidence of spiritual kinship.
● We are constantly governed by the Spirit.
● The Spirit's leading is primarily about correction.
● The Holy Spirit not only guides us, He also empowers us.
● The Spirit's leading doesn't mean that we're lost.
● The Holy Spirit always leads us in the pathway of truth.
Eternal life invariably issues from kinship. Sanctification is the unalterable expression of our kinship.
IV.BY THE SPIRIT’S WORK OF ADOPTION WE CAN APPROACH GOD AS OUR FATHER (Rom. 8:15)
The Holy Spirit's goal is that we would actually live our lives as God's children, both in freedom and privilege, and in responsibility and obedience to our Father.
V. BELIEVERS ARE ASSURED OF THEIR KINSHIHP & INHERITANCE BY THE WITNESS OF THE SPIRIT, AS WELL AS THEIR OWN PERSEVERANCE IN SUFFERING (Rom. 8:16-17)
Paul is saying that the assurance that God gives us is not merely subjective or objective, it is both.
Even though the Holy Spirit bears witness that we are children of God does not mean that we're not going to suffer. In fact, because we are the children of God we can expect to suffer in this life.
We have been so united to Christ by the Holy Spirit of adoption, that we are one with Him in His sufferings, and we will be one with Him in His glory.
GROW IN GRACE
1) Because you are under obligation.
2) Because sin kills.
3) Because you are a child of God.
4) Because the Holy Spirit of adoption is at work within you.
5) Because the Holy Spirit bears witness that you are a child ofGod.