Romans #20

Romans 8:14-39

Paul's message to here has been one of defeat for those whose hope is in the law. He now changes his message to one of triumph. But the triumph is not in the law, but in the gospel of grace.

He will show that the gospel can and will do what the law could never do. Only the gospel, through the indwelling Spirit, can produce justification, sanctification and peace of mind.

Chapter 8 is one of the most interesting and precious sections of Scripture. There are several well-known passages here, particularly vv. 28, 29.

Chapter 8 presents 6 things the gospel will do:

1. Vv. 1-13 The gospel does what the law could not do. It gives life and peace with God and self, and it delivers from condemnation.

2. Vv. 14-17. The gospel produces a spirit of adoption. It produces all the blessings of the confidence we have in addressing God as our Father. The law could only produce terror at the prospect of standing before the Thrice Holy God.

3. Vv. 18-25. The gospel sustains us in suffering while we are still captive in this body of sin. Though we are still captive to the trials and difficulties in this body, the gospel gives hope of future deliverance. It promises a complete and final redemption of the body from all the evils of this life.

4. Vv. 26, 27. The gospel provides the Holy Spirit who to sustains us in our trials and infirmities.

5. Vv. 28-30. The gospel gives the assurance that all things shall work together for good, since all things are connected with the purpose of God. All events that can occur to a Christian come as part of the plan of Him who called the Christian to Himself.

6. Vv. 31ff. The gospel gives comfort in the fact that everything that can affect the happiness of man is on the side of the Christian, and will co-operate in his favour.

We only covered the first product of the gospel last time.1. Vv. 1-13 The gospel does what the law could not do. It gives life and peace with God and self, and it delivers from condemnation.

Now the second:

2. Vv. 14-17. The gospel produces a spirit of adoption. It produces all the blessings of the confidence we have in addressing God as our Father. The law could only produce terror at the prospect of standing before the Thrice Holy God.

V. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

How much clearer can the Spirit be? If there is no desire for a righteous life, there is no salvation.

1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

Romans 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

Galatians 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

Those who are controlled by the lust of the flesh, lust of the eye and the pride of life are living after the flesh. The result is eternal death. Paul clearly tells us that those who live after the flesh will die.

It is obvious that the sons of God are led by the Spirit rather than being led by the lust of the flesh, and the way of the world.

Paul raises serious questions about the salvation of those who live after the lust of the flesh, and who seek to please the world.

Mary mentioned last time about a church they attended. Though they preached hard the 5 points of Calvinism, they believed that a Christian was no longer required to try to please God. Since their profession of faith in Christ, they were totally dependent on Christ to please God. Therefore, they did not need to make any effort to please the Father.

We loudly deny that such a wicked doctrine has any relationship with Christianity or Calvinism.

For the life of me, I certainly do not know how those who claim to believe all Scripture can come to that evil conclusion.

That church claimed "Sovereign Grace". Several times, I have heard that charge against "Sovereign Grace" groups. They are saved by grace through faith, but they totally corrupt the Scripture in their anti-law attitude.

Though the "Sovereign Grace" groups may preach through Romans many times over, they miss Paul's clear message. Conversion results in a hatred for unrighteous, or sinful, actions. Chapter 7.

They seem to understand that Grace means freedom from the command to be holy even as the Father is holy. But again, they probably say they are depending on the holiness of Christ for their holiness. But holiness is actions on the part of those seeking to please the Father.

Are those who deny the validity of the law of the Lord saved?? Lane and Mary said that though they were converted at that church, upon their conversion, they knew their antinomian attitude was wrong.

14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

It is obvious that the Spirit of God would not lead God's people in unrighteous actions.

When professed Christians have such an anti-God's law attitude, what can we expect from the pagans? How can they condemn the world for their anti law attitude, when the problem lies in the churches? We have gotten just what we deserve with a totally anti-law president who has totally turned his back on the law of the land, the constitution.

The purpose of the gospel is so That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit., v. 4.

Those who are not led by the Spirit into righteous actions are not the sons of God.

Vv. 15 & 16 conclude what Paul has been saying. The natural man, the carnal mind is enmity against God, nor can it be subject to the law of God. V. 7.

Buy the gospel changed our relationship to the Father. We are now adopted as sons, with free access to the thrown of grace.

The gospel changed the fear of punishment when the law was heard and applied by the Spirit. We now have boldness as sons of God.

Ephesians 1:1 ¶ Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 ¶ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

It is through Christ that the Spirit changed our enmity against God to adoption as a son of God. He brought about a new nature that is not at enmity against God. Rather, that new nature loves the very law that caused us to fear. That new nature broke that bondage of service to the world, flesh and the devil.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Hebrews 2:14 ¶ Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

Fear held us in bondage.

Paul has been clear: those who are at enmity against the Law of the Lord are at enmity against God. They certainly cannot sing "I was a wondering sheep...", nor can they read the 119th Ps.

Christ brings us into a Father son relationship. And as sons want to please their fathers, so the sons of God want to please their Father.

Abba, Father. As adopted sons of God, we have free access to our adopted Father:

Proverbs 15:8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight. 29 The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.

The book of Hebrews presents Christ as the Great High Priest who intercedes for the believer with the father.

The Hebrews to whom the book of Hebrews was written, knew very well the office and purpose of the High Priest under the Hebrew manner of worship instituted by Moses. He was the go-between, between God's people and the Father.

But long before Moses, Job made this request:

Job 9:25-35 (33 Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his hand upon us both.)

Christ became that daysman between God's people and the Heavenly Father. Christ became the High Priest for his people, as explained in Hebrews:

Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

V. 16, the Spirit must bear witness... The Spirit must produce righteous works, but though one may have good works, it is the Spirit who bears witness. The Spirit bears witness to us, as well as to others. The Spirit bears witness when we are around other Christians.

V. 17, joint-heirs with Christ...

Galatians 4:7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

Christ is our elder-Brother, and he is not ashamed to call us brethren. It is through his cross that we are made joint heirs. The inheritance is his by nature, and ours by grace.

Suffer with him... In 2 Timothy 3:12, we are told all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution, which is confirmed by Romans 8:18.

But the context implies another suffering with him:

Romans 6:1-8 talks of water baptism illustrating our death, burial and resurrection with Christ. It illustrates the death of the old man, and the new life in Christ, which makes us sons of God, and joint heir with Christ. Our death with Christ freed us from the power of sin. Those who are crucified with Christ shall also live with him, 6:8.

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

That is to say, those who have suffered with Christ in his crucifixion are joint heirs with him in his glory.