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. If, then, you are in earnest about your souls' salvation, take Heaven's simple answer, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ," etc. The Agent is the Spirit of God. There are moments in Christian experience when the language of familiarity rises into the language of anguish. Beddome, M.A. No doubt to the former dispensation, Judaism (see the argument in Galatians 4, especially verses 4-7 and 22-31, and again, Hebrews 12:18-24).3. When, however, these formalities had been complied with, the adopted son became incorporated into the family of his adopter, identified, as it were, with his person, made one with him; so that on the adopter's decease he became not so much his representative as his second self, the perpetuator of his legal personality. 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. Now, if we turn to this Book for the explanation of that universal feeling, we find that it is truly reasonable. The son acknowledges his obligation to his father, is ever grateful to him, and learns to speak of him with becoming expressions of thankfulness and filial pride. Now what is the secret of such painful experience happening to men who are taking more pains to be miserable than it would cost them to be happy? Is it conformity to the custom of giving to persons a variety of names? But if not, the "adoption" will only issue in disappointment and unhappiness to all parties. No labour in the Lord can be in vain; no commandment of God can be grievous.3. Reverence and honour (Malachi 1:6).4. Natural. Further, a good son is interested in his father's pursuits, knowing that he himself will be enriched by his father's successes and advanced by his father's promotion. 1. It is the child-cry coming not from the surface, but from the depths. (b)Veneration for God. A rich man, well educated, "adopts" a poor illiterate child. If he had kept strictly to language he would have added, "But ye have received the Spirit of liberty." 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. Read. In order to being adopted out of his own family into that of another man it was necessary that he should undergo a fictitious sale. The Saviour is with us in them. Make the most of the seasons when you are blessedly conscious that you are "in the Spirit," be it on "the Lord's day" or any other. A Sermon on Romans 8:15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! 1. If, then, you are in earnest about your souls' salvation, take Heaven's simple answer, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ," etc. EVOKES THE DEEPEST FILIAL FEELING. In due time we outgrow this bondage, and never receive it again. Romans 7 is applicable to all the world. Delightful. Its meritorious cause is the Cross of Christ. CONSIDER THE EXPRESSIONS WHICH WE ABE ENABLED BY THE SPIRIT OF ADOPTION TO UTTER — "Whereby we cry, Abba, Father." It is not a spirit of doubt and anxiety, in which I say, "Does God really love me? DEPENDENCE AND TRUST. By His grace we feel in days of trouble that we can rest in God.(d)Sanctification. THE FACT. Or is the one name an interpretation of the other? (e)Besides which, there is a voice unheard of the outward ear, which drops in silence on the spirit of man, and lets him know that he has, indeed, passed from death unto life.(C. Natural. He toils on, sinning and repenting, repenting and sinning, until he cries, "O wretched man that I am," etc. BY WAY OF COMPARISON. 6/8/2008. (3) In their outward ordinances — those of the one multitudinous, obscure, oppressive; those of the other easy, refreshing, simple. Then, I need not describe to you "the spirit of bondage" — you feel it.2. 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. In order to being adopted out of his own family into that of another man it was necessary that he should undergo a fictitious sale. It sings its gayest songs as it darts back and forth in front of that terrible glory. If he finds his father's door for a moment closed, see how he knocks. Christians are delivered from the power of Satan. "Ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus."3. "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. Independence of mind, and courage in Christian behaviour, are desirable objects. Gospel Crazy – Part 2. 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. Hence, prayer becomes a very bold thing where there is the "Spirit of adoption." I. Great earnestness and importunity (2 Kings 2:12).(B. Select options . Christ sympathises and succours (Hebrews 2:17, 18).(A. )The Spirit of adoptionA. Would you have the bondsman rejoice in a liberty which he does not possess? Familiarity and holy boldness at a throne of grace.2. THE FACT. The Spirit of adoption is distinct from adoption itself, and is not essential to its existence.2. (Wayland Hoyt, D.D. Yet our filial partiality may be grossly mistaken. A man may sometimes contrive, either by forgetfulness of God, or by forming to himself false notions respecting God, to escape from the influence of fear, but then his mind is sunk into a state of torpor and death-like slumber. Then all the sources of dread are gone. He contents himself with "Man is frail; every man has his infirmity."II. Therefore, we shall at length be brought home to our Father's house above. Romans Sermons Home » Romans Sermons. BUT WHAT OF THE PRESENT? REVERENTIAL ADMIRATION AND LOVE. Now truly he desires to break loose from sin and begins to struggle with it. The law is a system of progressive teaching (Galatians 4:1, 2). Independence of mind, and courage in Christian behaviour, are desirable objects. They agree in this, that both flow from the pleasure and good will of the adoptant; and in this, that both confer a right to privileges which we have not by nature; but in this they differ: one is an act imitating nature, the other transcends nature: the one was found out for the comfort of them that had no children, the other for the comfort of them that had no Father. From that we shall never be altogether delivered. Ro 1:8-15 are the verses we are looking at this time. "We love Him because He first loved us. How much rather should we be in subjection to the Father of our spirits (Hebrews 12:5-10).V. Into the Son, God elects and engrafts members. "Faith is the assurance of things not seen," and belief through the medium of the senses is far less valued than a belief in a testimony (Luke 24:25; Mark 16:14; 1 Peter 1:7, 8; Romans 4:21). A child who incidentally does wrong can come to his father in penitence and sorrow, assured of readily obtaining acceptance and forgiveness. Some hear about God's holiness, and give up ever trying to make the grade. It is reasonable that professors of religion should be anxious to ascertain their own state in God's sight.3. Romans 1:16-17. He goes as one who has a right. They now walk at liberty. God's children consider Him as their instructor (Psalm 71:17; Isaiah 54:13).4. "(5) Filial fear which is never cast out of the mind. Did the Roman bestow his own name on the child he adopted? And so Paul may have caught the spirit and aim of the Master's words. There are moments in Christian experience when the language of familiarity rises into the language of anguish. To the same purport there is another illustration of the two dispensations, addressed to the same Church (Galatians 4:3-7). (Romans 1:18-20) A Forgotten Doctrine: The Wrath of God (Romans 1:18-20) Nightmare on Main Street (Romans 1:21-23) How God Revealed the Ingratitude of My Own Heart (Romans 1) You Are … The term illustrates how the idea of Fatherhood —I. This is "the fear of the Lord" which is "the beginning of wisdom." Grandly prophetic of the time, to bring about which the Saviour died and the apostle laboured, is "Abba, Father." GRATITUDE AND PRAISE. "We" cry, Abba, Father. (1) All the systems of heathenism are marked by this spirit. WHAT IS THE "SPIRIT OF ADOPTION"?1. Roberts, M.A.I. How easy prayer is to a God, who thus reinstating us in sonship, will allow from us such address.2. From the same ignorance there may arise joy either in congratulating himself on his own wisdom and goodness, or in indulgence of pleasure of various kinds, and so long as he doeth well unto himself men will doubtless speak good of him.4. The Holy Spirit communicates to believers the comfort arising from their adoption into God's family, i.e. Refinement of feeling and manner is always beautiful in a child, but it is not natural that it should express itself in courtly language. 16). (2) By His work in us. It flies through the rainbow which spans that awful presence. IV. It sings its gayest songs as it darts back and forth in front of that terrible glory. Here ends his pleasing dream, his delusive rest, his vain security, etc. All this appears to have been in the apostle's mind when he addressed the Roman disciples in this passage. There are moments in Christian experience when the language of familiarity rises into the language of anguish. When the spirit of bondage is at work there is much of servile fear. It is reasonable that professors of religion should be anxious to ascertain their own state in God's sight.3. Adoption, then, in a spiritual sense, is that act of grace whereby God chooses into the dear relation of His children every true believer in His Son. Why should the Saviour in Gethsemane employ two languages, and Paul when speaking of the free Spirit which animates believers? Confidence.(D. Inquire IN WHAT RESPECTS BELIEVERS ARE DELIVERED FROM THIS, SO AS NOT TO BE AGAIN IN FEAR. Then, I need not describe to you "the spirit of bondage" — you feel it.2. DEPENDENCE AND TRUST. 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? "We cry, Abba, Father."1. Begets THE MOST CHILDLIKE FAMILIARITY. Scripture: Romans 8:1–4. III. (1) All the systems of heathenism are marked by this spirit. The Spirit is not bound. Anything of loving Him is often absolutely ridiculed. 1. 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. The Saviour is with us in them. God's children consider Him as their instructor (Psalm 71:17; Isaiah 54:13).4. It builds its nest and rears its nestlings in the tree that overhangs the cataract. 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. Sep 30, 2001. They are more frequently told that, if they violate the same directions, they shall expose themselves to the anger of God. It flies through the rainbow which spans that awful presence. M. Symington, D.D. They feel that they are free to serve God without the fear of wrath. This fault first discovered itself in the newly-converted Jews, who could but feel a rude shock to their ancient sympathies when they were required to pass from the pride-fostering works of the ancient ritual to the simple faith and self-abasing truths of the gospel. Or is the one name an interpretation of the other? (1) All the systems of heathenism are marked by this spirit. A sense of our lost and undone condition. 3. 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. It flies through the rainbow which spans that awful presence. The Spirit of truth brings this to us, because we are in a condition which demands it. (4) Nor is Protestantism by any means free from this unhappy spirit. (c)A holy confidence. The religious man is soothed in all his afflictions when he contemplates the compassion of his Father who is in heaven.3. Here ends his pleasing dream, his delusive rest, his vain security, etc. )The Abba, FatherR. 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 does not want wages; but he receives rewards. By His grace we feel in days of trouble that we can rest in God.(d)Sanctification. Romans 7.III. )Adoption, sacred and secularJ. The expectation of future punishment.6. The son was declared to be the absolute property of his father from his birth to his father's decease. It is affirmed of the believer that "if children then heirs, heirs with God and joint heirs with Christ." He gives them "the Spirit of adoption." As soon as the union takes place, God sees the soul in the relationship in which He sees Christ. It is not a spirit of doubt and anxiety, in which I say, "Does God really love me? Les Chapman is the Senior Minister at Hendersonville Church of Christ. By His grace we feel in days of trouble that we can rest in God.(d)Sanctification. All creation is his Father's house, and he can say, "Everything in it is mine, on to death itself." To the same purport there is another illustration of the two dispensations, addressed to the same Church (Galatians 4:3-7). Father!"(A. Observe the refrain of Psalm 107. "The Spirit itself beareth witness."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 state of THE NATURAL MAN.1. It is a little up-thrusting of the Apostle's mother tongue. Neither do we speak disparagingly of that dispensation itself. Select options. Appealing. How little anxiety for the morrow has the confiding child.IV. And he begins in verse 1 with this most wonderful claim that sums up the Christian gospel: “There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” That is the whole of the Gospel summed up in one sentence. If he looks forward to death, when no other being can go with him and sustain his faltering spirit, he feels his Father can; and when he looks to glory, it is with the same feelings; he is going to the house of his Father.II. Welcome One Another to the Glory of God. The very term implies that they were by nature not His children. It floats fearlessly in the spray that arises out of the thunders of Niagara. When once the light is let in on the understanding, and the man sees anything of the attributes of God and what they demand, and finds that he has violated all, and that his own nature is opposed to that Holy God, he "dies." He works in us that which proves us to be the children of God; and what is that? None love God but those that are born of Him. 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). They are followers — imitators — of God as dear children. So it is with us and God.III. We are taught in his school. In beautiful allusion to this the child of God is represented as crying to his heavenly Parent, "Abba! (2) By His work in us. BEING THUS ADOPTED INTO SONSHIP WE ARE HEIRS OF GOD AND JOINT-HEIRS WITH CHRIST. The repetition, Father, Father, also evidences the earnestness with which a Christian, feeling his deliverance from bondage, recognises his present delightful relation to God as an adopted son.1. BEING THUS ADOPTED INTO SONSHIP WE ARE HEIRS OF GOD AND JOINT-HEIRS WITH CHRIST. It is both, and we cannot distinguish between the two. The means is that view of the love of God which none but an adopted child can have. They are followers — imitators — of God as dear children. How much more shall a cry of anguish reach Him and bring Him to our relief.(R. Of those who enjoy the Spirit of adoption, some have more of it, and others less.3. Not thus is it with our regard for God. His obedience is now unfettered, unrestricted, unreserved, cheerful, grateful, and generous.5. "We" cry, Abba, Father. Flavel.Betwixt civil and sacred adoption there is a two-fold agreement and disagreement. (Wayland Hoyt, D.D. How much larger and more tender the word than master, magistrate. You have the witness of the Spirit. 2. The Agent is the Spirit of God. )LinksRomans 8:15 NIVRomans 8:15 NLTRomans 8:15 ESVRomans 8:15 NASBRomans 8:15 KJVRomans 8:15 Bible AppsRomans 8:15 ParallelRomans 8:15 Biblia ParalelaRomans 8:15 Chinese BibleRomans 8:15 French BibleRomans 8:15 German BibleRomans 8:15 CommentariesBible Hub, (2)Assurance of punishment for sin from which there is no escape. 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. In one aspect this seems little. The idea of Father clasps not only the languages, but the people. The Spirit is not bound. 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. Moore, M.A.Consider this —I. However, I can find no record of Paul misusing hisauthority or influence for personal gain, or any other impure motive. 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