Romans- Session 8- Secure- Romans 8:12-25

Session 8- Secure

Romans 8:12-25

Lesson Resources:

    • Lesson Video Summary

Subject:  Security

Central Theme:  Inner Security

Objective Sentence:  We can have inner security when we recognize three hopeful realities.

Keyword:  Hopeful Realities

1.      Believers are led by the Spirit.  V.12-14.

2.      Believers are heirs with Christ.  V.15-18.

3.      Believers are waiting on an inheritance. V.19-25.

 

Introduction:

Connection:

  • A few years ago there was a wedding at the church I was attending. The father of one of the people getting married was a retired Navy Seal.  He went on to work for a private security company, and was highly connected to the law enforcement community.  I was on the campus of our church during the wedding reception, and it was pretty interesting to note the number of highly trained, very capable men there were in the room.  In that moment no one was concerned about any threat.  If something did happen, they would not have looked to me for protection.
  • On the other hand there was a time where I went on a road trip with three buddies as we headed home for Christmas break. At one point we got turned around on a more dangerous side of Memphis, Tennessee.  If you could see who I was traveling and the place where we stopped for dinner, you would understand the lack of security I had in that circumstance.

Tension:

  • There are certain realities that contribute to our sense of security.
  • Sometimes we can feel secure when we are in danger.
  • Other times we can feel in danger when there is really no need to feel that way.
  • When it comes to our circumstance, even though we may be saved, we still live in a fallen world.
  • It can be difficult at times.
  • There is pain, heartache, suffering, and difficulty. The child of God is not promised ease and physical comfort in this life.
  • In a real sense, Jesus promised just the opposite.
  • But in today’s text we’ll see that even though we go through difficult, we can have an inner security because of three realities that the God has provided through the Gospel.

We can have inner security when we recognize three hopeful realities.

1.      Believers are led by the Spirit.  V.12-14.

 

Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.  (13)  For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.  (14)  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

Romans 8:12-14

Explanation:

  • The word that begins this verse, “Therefore”, indicates that what is being said is based on what has been said previously.
  • Paul, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit had just written something incredibly profound:

But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.  (10)  And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.  (11)  But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

Romans 8:9-11

  • Just a few thoughts on this text:
    • There is a war in the inner man of the believer between our temporal flesh and the Spirit that now lives in us.
    • If you are a believer then you are indwelt by the Holy Spirit.  If you do not have the Holy Spirit’s indwelling, then you are not a believer.
    • If the Spirit is in us then the flesh is dead, and the Spirit is life.
    • The Spirit that raised Christ from the dead will raise to life our mortal bodies to help us fight sin in our lives.
  • On this basis Paul says we do not owe our flesh anything.
  • We no longer must serve our flesh if we know Christ as Savior and have His Spirit living inside of us.
  • The Spirit that raised Christ from the dead is available to us and in us to mortify, or put to death, the sins of the body.
  • This brings life.  Paul had already stated in verse 6:

For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Romans 8:6

  • He is not saying that you have to do these things so that you will become saved, but rather that this happening in and through you indicate whether you are saved.
  • This is indicated in verse 14.

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

Romans 8:14

Application:

  • If we know Christ as our Savior, we have the Spirit of God living inside of us.
  • We know longer owe our pleasure seeking, sin seeking bodies anything.
  • We are not a slave to the evil desires of our bodies.
  • We have the ultimate resource in the person of the Holy Spirit that indwells us.
  • We have the Author of the Scripture, the Resurrector of Christ, the third person of the Trinity living inside of us to help us mortify the deeds of the flesh, become spiritually minded, and be lead to do His will recorded in His Word.
  • So, here are some questions:
    • Is God’s Spirit living in you?  Are you saved?  Have you repented of Your sin and turned to Christ in Faith?
    • Are you acting as if you owe your flesh something?
    • Are you being led by the Spirit of God on a daily basis, mortifying the deeds of the flesh?

We can have inner security when we recognize three hopeful realities.

2.      Believers are heirs with Christ.  V.15-18.

 

(15)  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. (16) The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

Romans 8:14-16

Explanation:

  • God describes the special relationship that exists between those who are saved and Himself. The Bible describes being “born again”.
    • In John 3, the Bible expresses that you have to born of the water (physical birth) and the Spirit (spiritual birth).
    • When a person is born to the father they are a son or a daughter, and that is exactly what God calls us in verse 14.
  • Those who are saved, who have been born again, have the Spirit of God living in them.
  • They are then led by that Spirit and that leading testifies to them that they are the sons of God.
  • We don’t have a spirit of bondage, fearful of the condemnation of our sin, fearful of God like criminal is fearful of the cops.
  • Rather, we have an intimacy with God, as loved, adopted children. It is out of that relationship as adopted children that we cry out to God by a different name- Abba.
    • The name Abba is an Aramaic term of intimacy for a dad, much like “daddy”.
    • As a dad, I really resonate with this passage. When my son or daughters are struggling and crying, I want to come alongside them, take them up in my arms and comfort them. I want to teach them to do the right thing. I want to see them grow. I really resonate with John when he said,

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

3 John 1:4

  • I don’t want my children to look at me as a master to be feared, but as a dad to be respected, honored and loved.
  • I want them to see me as someone who is helping them to love and follow Jesus because of my example and my words.
  • I believe this is God’s heart as well. There is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.
  • We don’t have a spirit of bondage, but rather a spirit of adoption!
  • We are God’s kids.  How do we know?  Of course we know because God has told us how to be a part of His family in His Word.
  • But we also know because His Spirit, the Holy Spirit, bears witness with our Spirit that we are God’s kids.

Application:

  • To think that this is the Word that God chose for us to call Him! He called Himself Father. He calls Himself Abba for those who He has sent His Spirit to indwell, and illuminate and lead.
  • We must be careful to pursue a real relationship with our loving Heavenly Father.
  • We have been justified, given peace with God, and given access to God, all things that are needed to commune with God.
  • Closeness with God comes through communication, shared experiences and time. You can’t have a close, deep relationship with anyone without time. To spend time with God we get in His Word and we get on our knees.
  • Closeness with God also comes through obedience. He says that we are lead by the Spirit. It is difficult for the child to be close with their parent when they are being disobedient, rebellious and defiant. The right relationship comes through submission. He is our Father. We obey Him.

 (17)  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.  (18)  For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Rom 8:16-18

Explanation:

  • And look at the implications:
    • If we are God’s kids, then we are heirs to the inheritance that God the Father wants to give to us.
    • If Jesus is God’s Son and we are the sons and daughters of God, then we are joint-heirs with Christ.
      • This does not mean that we are equal with Christ in our person.  Jesus Christ is God, and it would be heretical to think that we can be on an even plane with Christ.
    • But God does include us in the inheritance.
  • Paul continues his thoughts to include sharing in Christ’s suffering.  Christ has promised that the world would hate us.

If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.  (19)  If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.  (20)  Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.  (21)  But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.

John 15:18-21

  • In following Jesus, His enemies become ours.  We were His enemies, but because He adopted us now we are sons.
  • In the proclamation of the Gospel and the furthering of His message there will be suffering.  God promises here that those who are called to suffer for Christ will also be glorified with Christ (yet not as Christ) together.
  • And then he makes one of the most incredible statements.  He says that he “reckon’s”.
    • The word translated “reckon” here means “to take an inventory, that is, estimate, conclude”, according to strongs concordance.
    • This is not a casual guess.  Paul has done the accounting.
    • What is he accounting? 2 circumstances.
      • The first circumstance referred to is “the suffering of this present time”.
      • The second circumstance is “the glory which shall be revealed in us”.
    • Paul knew something of the suffering of this present time. See 2 Cor. 11:23-28

Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.  (24)  Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.  (25)  Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;  (26)  In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;  (27)  In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.  (28)  Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.

2Co 11:23-28

  • Paul went through much suffering.
  • He eventually gave his life for Christ.
  • This is what makes this statement the more incredible.  He says, in effect, that the suffering of this present time is the quarter on the sidewalk next to the Empire State Building of the glory that God will reveal in us.  The two heights don’t even compare.
  • Whatever suffering we go through is incomparable to the good that God has in store for His children.

Application:

  • You and I can endure whatever difficulty comes our way because of following Christ because we know that whatever pain we endure doesn’t compare to the glories of heaven.
  • In fact, we know that we must suffer for Christ on this earth if it is required for helping to change eternity for others.
    • For instance, to help a friend here the gospel we must be willing to endure ridicule or social marginalization.
  • When we “reckon” that the possible suffering doesn’t compare to the glory revealed in heaven, we will be encouraged to step out and speak up for Jesus regardless of the cost.

Response:

  • Take note today of how you may be avoiding suffering for Christ in the way you live.
  • Thank God for the promise of eternity with Him.
  • Ask God to help you endure suffering for His name.

We can have inner security when we recognize three hopeful realities.

3.      Believers are waiting on an inheritance. V.19-25.

 (19) For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.  (20)  For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,  (21)  Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.  (22)  For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

Romans 8:19-22

Explanation:

  • Paul uses the word “creature” here to describe all of the created world beyond human beings.
  • He says that the “creature” is waiting for the redemption of those who know Christ as Savior.
  • Why?
    • Because the “creature” was cursed because of Adams sin.
    • The “creature” has been made subject to vanity or futility in that now it doesn’t work exactly as the Creator designed it to work.
      • It takes toil to steward the earth to produce a harvest.
      • The lion doesn’t lay down with the lamb.  The lion eats the lamb.
      • The “creature” is subject to pain and death, erosion and corruption, just like mankind does, and it groans and travaileth in pain.
    • Of course this is being contrasted with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
    • God says that the suffering of this present time isn’t worthy to be compared to all of that.

Application:

  • One of my favorite musicians and song-writers, Andrew Peterson, put it this way in his song “Lay Me Down”

When you lay me down to die

I’ll miss my boys, I’ll miss my girls

Lay me down and let me say goodbye to this world

You can lay me anywhere

But just remember this

When you lay me down to die

I’ll open up my eyes on the skies I’ve never known

In the place where I belong

And I’ll realize His love is just another word for Home

I believe in the holy shores of uncreated light

I believe there is power in the blood

And all of the death that ever was,

If you set it next to life

I believe it would barely fill a cup

‘Cause I believe there’s power in the blood

When you lay me down to die

So long, boys, so long, girls

Lay me down and let me say goodbye to this world

You can lay me anywhere

But just remember this

When you lay me down to die

You lay me down to live

  • For the child of God, we can be assured of life with God that exceeds far beyond all of the death, pain and suffering that we endure now.

Response:

  • If you are in pain today, take a moment to thank God for the glory that will be revealed in you if you know Christ as Savior!
  • Let’s steward the message of the Gospel well today.

And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.  (24)  For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?  (25)  But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.  Rom 8:23-25

Explanation:

  • Creation isn’t the only entity waiting for the return of Christ.
  • We who are adopted children are waiting for His return, waiting for the full realization of our adoption, that is glorification in a heavenly glorified body.
  • He says we have the “firstfruits of the Spirit”.
    • Those who know Christ have the Holy Spirit indwelling them.
    • He produces the fruits of the Spirit in and through them.
      • He convicts of sin.
      • He convinces us that we are the children of God.
    • We hope for something that we don’t see, that is the redemption of creation and the redemption of our body.
    • We are free from the power of sin, but we long to be free from the presence of sin and its effects.  We hope for it, and we wait for it.

Application:

  • Hoping and waiting can be very difficult, but one day that waiting willl end.  Hope will become realized.  Jesus said,

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

John 14:3

  • We can trust His promise.  He will give us the grace, through His Spirit, to wait for it.

Response:

  • Since we have the Holy Spirit enabling and empowering us, our waiting is not intended to be an inactive, passive exercise.  Rather, we are here on the planet to make a difference.  We glorify God by being on His mission, making disciples who make disciples.  Who can you invest in today while you wait?

Conclusion:

We can have inner security when we recognize three hopeful realities.

1.      Believers are lead by the Spirit.  V.12-14.

2.      Believers are heirs with Christ.  V.15-18.

3.      Believers are waiting on an inheritance. V.19-25.

 

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