(1) Walk Thru The Word: Romans 8: 12—17 (ESV)

Not Debtors & Slaves, But Being Led As Sons & Heirs

12So then, brothers we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15For 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! Father!” 16The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

(2) Walk Thru The Word: Romans 8: 18—25 (ESV)

Contemporary Suffering Is Not Comparable to Future Glory

18For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

(3) Map — Rom. 8: 12 – 25

The Book of Romans: Session 12

“Hope Sustains Us In Salvation”

  1. Creation Groans & Waits for Redemption
  1. Waiting can be A Form of Suffering
  1. Waiting Right Is A form of Strengthening

(4) Belief Liberates Us from Being Slaves, Indebted to God for Sin

In Rom 6:3, God baptizes us into the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, which Rom 8:12 tells us releases us from being 12debtors to sin, meaning those who owe an obligation to pay back or discharge a debt from having sinned against God) to the flesh, and from living according to the flesh (what merely is of human origin or empowerment which is displeasing to the Lord).

John 3:16 tells “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Our Debt of Sins

God Imputes Us with Righteousness

(5) Rom 8: 12-13 As Indebted Sinners We Must Act To Accept Salvation

13For if you live according to the flesh you will die, (the separation that always comes with divine closure), but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body (your personal sin nature), you will live.

Because we physically are born indebted to sin, to obtain eternal life and live for God/Christ, John 3:16 tells “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

To believe means to …

  1. have faith in, trust in,
  2. respond to the sacred significance of the Lord’s (Holy Spirit’s) persuasion.
  3. participate in God’s in-birthing of faith that leads to receiving/accepting and placing confidence in The Finished Work of Christ on The Cross, which completely, once and for all, satisfied God’s wrath against sin for our salvation. Christ became the propitiation of our salvation.)
  4. PROPITIATION, noun propisia’shon.

1) The act of appeasing wrath and conciliating the favor of an offended person; the act of making propitious.

2) the atoning sacrifice Christ offered to God to assuage his wrath and render him propitious to sinners. Christ is the propitiation for the sins of men. Romans 3:25. 1 John 2:2.

Rom 3: 23-25 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.

(6) Rom 8: 15-16 Belief In Christ Legalizes Our Adoption as Sons & Heirs who Are Led By the Spirit

We choose whom leads us.  we choose whom we follow

Rom 8:15b …but you have received the Spirit (Holy Spirit) of adoption as sons (as a result of receiving the Spirit of God into our souls we are accepted and received legally into the divine family as sons of God, under the condition of being true disciples of Christ,), by whom we cry, “abba! (used as the term of tender endearment by a beloved child – i.e. in an affectionate, dependent relationship with their father; “daddy,” “papa.”) Father!”

16The Spirit himself bears witness (To make by personal presence a solemn declaration under oath, for the purpose of establishing or making proof of some act to a court) with our spirit that we are children of God, (dependent inhabitants who rely upon God as a parent) 17and if children, then—heirs of God and fellow/co-heirs (a joint participant as co-inheritor) with Christ,

NLT — For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.

(7)  Suffering Certifies Our Salvation

Rom 8:16 – 18

The process for realizing our salvation and status as children and heirs of God is …

17b…provided we suffer through the sanctification process by “sympathizing with Christ to feel what He feels;

Rom 12: 2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind,” which means “think God’s thoughts to feel what God feels, so we are motivated to do what God wants us to do.

…in order that we may also be glorified with him (justified in close identification with the Lord, to ultimately participate in the unique glorification believers experience at Christ’s return).

18For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us

(8) 1) We Have been Saved 2) We are Being Saved 3) We Will Be Saved  Rom 8: 13 - 15 The “if - then” proposition is — if we walk in the spirit we get Righteousness Click To Tweet

There are 3 tenses / time frames or Dispensations of our salvation

Was this accomplished as Christ …

(9)  Sin Careened creation off course from god’s original intention

Rom 8:19 For the creation (that which God made out of nothing, particularly and primarily people).

19Creation waits with eager LONGING for the revealing of the “sons of God. = small “s” = humans.  Not only will we humans be changed but eventually so will all of God’s creation.

20For the creation was subjected to futility, (lacking in its original meaningful purpose vanity, emptiness, unreality, purposelessness, ineffectiveness, or any meaningful end; nonsense instability, frailty; false religion, Also lacking purpose or any meaningful end; nonsense.) not willingly, but because of him who subjected (God put creation under the futile consequence of sin) it, in hope

(10)  Creation is Suffering from 3 Groaning’s

Wesley: 8:20 The creation was made subject to vanity – Abuse, misery, and corruption. By him who subjected it – Namely, God, Gen 3:17, 5:29. Adam only made it liable to the sentence which God pronounced; yet not without hope.

Wesley: x8:21 The creation itself shall be delivered – Destruction is not deliverance: therefore, whatsoever is destroyed, or ceases to be, is not delivered at all. Will, then, any part of the creation be destroyed? Into the glorious liberty – The excellent state wherein they were created.

(11) Rom 8: 13 – 15 The “if – then” proposition is —  if we walk in the spirit we get Righteousness

12) Discipleship is Determined by a

Daily Direction that Leads to a Desired Destination

Eugene Peterson, I think, said, “Discipleship is a long obedience in the same direction.”

Measuring Discipleship Competence =

A Factor of FOAM

Faith, Obedience, Attitude & Motive

Bottom Left —

If the seed of God’s Word lands in hearts that are like ROCKY SOIL,

it grows up, yet withers due to no moisture. This the of heart may receive Christ but fails to follow through and obtain fellowship, Bible study and accountability group.

= No growth, no fruit no yield = No Discipleship!

Top Left —

If the seed of God’s Word lands in hearts that are like Thorns, it grew up, but gets choked out.

Could be from world’s attack, persecution, hardship, whatever we allow to cause us to be bitter, and won’t submit it to God for Him to make us better.

Bottom Right —

If the seed of God’s Word lands on the PATH, where there is a lot of the world’s traffic, it has a very promising start, but it gets trampled by too many worldly influences and the birds (symbol of Satanic influences) devour it.

Top Right = Most productive for the Kingdom

If the seed of God’s Word falls and gets planted into hearts that are like GOOD SOIL, the life that is discipled will grow 100 x!!!

Discipleship Direction is Determined by the Activities We engage in. Should include personal Bible study, accountability, witnessing, sharing our faith in testimony.  (You only have a testimony if you are stepping out in faith and doing something for God.

(13) Rom 8:4a The “if – then” proposition is — if we walk in the spirit we get Righteousness

Rom 8: 24 – 25 24For in this hope expectant, trust and confidence, an assurance of what is certain) we were saved (healed, preserved and rescued, in that which we will precisely possess in the near future) Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

Waiting can be a form of suffering

Waiting Right Is A form of Strengthening

Isaiah 40: 13 but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Wait = to stretch & telescope out the neck to see

The Waits were itinerate nocturnal Christmas carolers, who worshipped and waited upon the Lord with singing!  

Rom 15: 4 4For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

Romans 4:18 — In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.”

(14) Let’s Pray that God ReAwakens, ReInvigorates & ReEstablishes Us in Our Calls In Christ!

Let’s Pray:

God extend Your grace to us and renew us in the hope of our salvation that waits on You!

In Communion We Reflect on Christ, …

Whose Body Took On God’s Punishment for Our Sins.

(Hebrews 10:5-7)

Who Indeed Has Prepared A Place For Us (John 14:2)

In Communion We honor Christ …

The Good Shepherd Who Restores Our Souls (Psalm 23: 1-3)

And Who Is Our Resurrection And Source of Abundant Life

(John 14:6 & John 10:10)

In John 11, as Jesus was about to raise Lazarus from the dead, He told Martha, “23… “Your brother will rise again.” 24Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.”

1Cor. 11: 23- 26 the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

Let’s partake.

25In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Let’s Drink.   

 

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