And many now feel the stirrings of an alarmed conscience, and are urged on by an unresting anxiety to feel that their souls are safe, and yet God is not satisfied with them, neither are they satisfied with themselves. They will be servants, and not sons; they will be labouring to obey, and not trying to believe. "When the fulness of the time was come," etc.2. And so Paul may have caught the spirit and aim of the Master's words. (a)Great love to God. Rom. This Spirit of adoption is a spirit of —I. And not only fitted, but designed. Unpardoned guilt fills the mind with continual terrors (Job 15:20-24).4. He has no dread of God, because he thinks Him merciful, and that he can at any time repent.3. But perhaps "the spirit of bondage" is still more strikingly displayed in those who are just awakened to a sense of their sins. But perhaps "the spirit of bondage" is still more strikingly displayed in those who are just awakened to a sense of their sins. The very term implies that they were by nature not His children. What other word so fitted as a basis for all the nations to meet on and be made one! Only a cry! "We cry, Abba, Father."1. If he finds his father's door for a moment closed, see how he knocks. It is not the spirit of bondage again to fear; it is the filial obedience of those who, having received the Spirit of adoption, are enabled to cry, Abba, Father.II. The law is a system of progressive teaching (Galatians 4:1, 2). The filial spirit prevails in the whole of the experience of every one of the children of God. Moore, M.A. How "in everything" (Philippians 4:6) may we make request of Him.II. It is pretty, though sometimes sad, to see how children imitate their parents.III. Romans 7.III. THE SPIRIT OF ADOPTION.1. BUT WHAT OF THE PRESENT? He now, too, feels that the wages of sin is death.3. "We" cry, Abba, Father. 2. he goes about feeling that he has undertaken a work which is far beyond his strength. Our own spirit, inasmuch as it refers to that filial disposition which prompts us to cry, Abba, Father; yet also God's Spirit, because it is only by His power and inspiration that this temper of mind is produced or sustained (chap. They delight in the law of the Lord after the inward man.2. After all, Paul said he wanted to impart a spiritual gift to the Romans. The religious man is soothed in all his afflictions when he contemplates the compassion of his Father who is in heaven. In one aspect this seems little. It cries, "Abba, Father." He toils on, sinning and repenting, repenting and sinning, until he cries, "O wretched man that I am," etc. Visions and revelations are exceptional, but we all cry, "Abba, Father."2. (1) The natural fear which the creature has of its Creator, because of its own insignificance and its Maker's greatness. 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. This is the Divine side of the matter, of which we have both the human and Divine sides in John 1:12-13).II. The law is a system of progressive teaching (Galatians 4:1, 2). Hence the anxious inquiries of the Philippian jailor, and of the multitudes under Peter's sermon.3. And the way in which this is brought about is thus: Christ is the one Son of God. All this appears to have been in the apostle's mind when he addressed the Roman disciples in this passage. They dread the church censures, the indignation of their priest, and their fancied purgatory. So do the sons of God come to Him in supplication and prayer (Matthew 6:6.) For so great a destiny and glory I must be prepared. It is not identical sameness, but similarity, which results. 1. If he had kept strictly to language he would have added, "But ye have received the Spirit of liberty." )The Spirit of bondage and the Spirit of adoptionJohn Wesley, M.A.I. ", 4. The believer in revelation has ended his controversy with God, and is, like that flying, floating, singing bird, without fear.The Spirit of adoptionJ. Adoption is an act whereby one person takes another into his family, calls him his son, and treats him as such. "When the fulness of the time was come," etc.2. 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. On this point the apostle is the best exponent of his own views in that allegory of Agar and Sarah (Galatians 4:22-26). Here end the guilt and power of sin. Having peace with God, and rejoicing in hope, he has the Spirit of adoption who sheds abroad the love of God and man in the heart, and works in him to will and do of His good pleasure. An habitual fear of death.5. There are moments in Christian experience when the language of familiarity rises into the language of anguish. Christians are delivered from the power of Satan.3. He contents himself with "Man is frail; every man has his infirmity."II. The son was declared to be the absolute property of his father from his birth to his father's decease. (2)He has entered on the inheritance as our Forerunner (Hebrews 6:20).III. Go to Audio Bible. And how was this escape from bondage to be effected? )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. The source of that "Spirit of adoption" is in adoption itself, and the source of that adoption is the sovereign, unmerited, bounty and mercy of God. How much larger and more tender the word than master, magistrate. (Dean Merivale. Their former terrors drop away, for they view God now as their reconciled Father in Christ, and the uneasiness they felt at their inability to satisfy His law is now changed into a delightful confidence in the satisfaction which His Son hath wrought for them. We lost our inheritance by the fall of Adam: we receive it by the death of Christ, which restores it again to us by a new and better title.(J. COMMUNION AND FELLOWSHIP. "(5) Filial fear which is never cast out of the mind. And "Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty," liberty not only from guilt and fear, but sin. Anything of loving Him is often absolutely ridiculed. Gospel Crazy – Part 1. It is obvious that, in proportion as this is comprehended, men must "fear." His obedience is now unfettered, unrestricted, unreserved, cheerful, grateful, and generous. This servile spirit —(1) Is by no means adapted to the present dispensation, and therefore believers cannot be said to have received it, as forming any part of their real or proper character (2 Timothy 1:7). It sings its gayest songs as it darts back and forth in front of that terrible glory. In the language of the apostle, it is the law which "shuts us up," allows us no hope,3. A child who incidentally does wrong can come to his father in penitence and sorrow, assured of readily obtaining acceptance and forgiveness. Therefore THE COWERING FEARFULNESS OF SIN IS SUPPLANTED BY A LOVING FILIALNESS. It means carrying the clear proof of our being God's children. "(John Wesley, M.A. The child moves in the social circle of his adopted father, and shares his wealth. They are followers — imitators — of God as dear children. From this view of the condition of the believer we may infer three characteristics of evangelical service.1. Dr. Morison says that "the dual form is delightfully fitted to suggest that in His great work Christ personated in His single self not Jews only, but Gentiles." 16). (3) In their outward ordinances — those of the one multitudinous, obscure, oppressive; those of the other easy, refreshing, simple. 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." Conclusion: The natural man neither fears nor loves God; one under the law fears: one under grace loves. Though we be adepts in any other language, the speech we use to express overflowing feeling is always that which we learned at our mother's knee. It is not a spirit of doubt and anxiety, in which I say, "Does God really love me? Scripture: Romans 1:8–15. )Without fearSee yonder little bird. 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. Now this is what the Lord does. The Christian job description by Pastor Cleveland Way December 6, 2020. x . Observe the refrain of Psalm 107. You are joint heirs with Christ. This cry is the product of the Holy Spirit (see also Galatians 4:6). The Saviour is with us in them. Observe the refrain of Psalm 107. But, as in nature, as soon as ever a branch is grafted into a tree the sap begins to flow into that branch; and however dissimilar the graft to the parent stock, the passing of the graft into that stock gradually makes them one: — so in Christ, the "Spirit of adoption" following the "adoption," seals the union by making the affinity close, happy, and eternal!4. A rich man, well educated, "adopts" a poor illiterate child. Not thus is it with our regard for God. 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. "Thou, O Lord, art in the midst of us, and we are called by Thy name." In the only instances in which we have the words there is every. Did the Roman bestow his own name on the child he adopted? This illustration is not taken from any Jewish custom; the law of Moses contains no provision for such a practice. Then all the sources of dread are gone. CONSIDER THE EXPRESSIONS WHICH WE ABE ENABLED BY THE SPIRIT OF ADOPTION TO UTTER — "Whereby we cry, Abba, Father." Did the child among the Romans share in the privileges of the natural children? king, etc.II. The religious man is soothed in all his afflictions when he contemplates the compassion of his Father who is in heaven.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. All this appears to have been in the apostle's mind when he addressed the Roman disciples in this passage. The child of God has the law written on his heart — loves every one of its requisitions, because he loves the wise and just Parent that enacted them — and would obey them all. )Adoption, sacred and secularJ. Like an artist intently studying some work of genius and imbibing its spirit, so meditate on Christ till you catch his enthusiasm for goodness and consecration to the will of God. The first has no light, the second painful light, the third joyous light, He that sleeps in death has a false peace; he that is awakened no peace; he that believes true peace. "Instead of the spirit of fear we receive the Spirit of adoption. True prayer pleads the fatherhood of God.4. The source of that "Spirit of adoption" is in adoption itself, and the source of that adoption is the sovereign, unmerited, bounty and mercy of God.1. It cries, "Abba, Father." Now this is what the Lord does. Romans 7 is applicable to all the world. Mitchell.The expression is used once by Christ, twice by Paul. If he had kept strictly to language he would have added, "But ye have received the Spirit of liberty." The terror which a sinner feels is from God, but that which a believer often experiences is the work of Satan, taking advantage of a constitutional melancholy, or of some adverse dispensation.3. On this point the apostle is the best exponent of his own views in that allegory of Agar and Sarah (Galatians 4:22-26). The first has no light, the second painful light, the third joyous light, He that sleeps in death has a false peace; he that is awakened no peace; he that believes true peace. They are more frequently told that, if they violate the same directions, they shall expose themselves to the anger of God. Four marks of Roman civil adoption you will find exactly paralleled in the spiritual adoption. Then all the sources of dread are gone. The terror which a sinner feels is from God, but that which a believer often experiences is the work of Satan, taking advantage of a constitutional melancholy, or of some adverse dispensation.3. The expectation of future punishment.6. I have title to illimitable Divine possession.2. "Ye have received." MEEK SUBMISSION AND CHEERFUL OBEDIENCE. This cry is the product of the Holy Spirit (see also Galatians 4:6). The idea of simple sonship, indeed, is brought prominently forward by St. John; as 1 John 3:1; 1 John 4:6; 1 John 5:9, 10, etc. THE ROAD TRAVELLED UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF THE SPIRIT. 2. Now, apart from the law, righteousness comes through faith in Jesus Christ (3:22b-31). "I will receive you and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are G... Read verse in New International Version 171 Cited by F. L. Godet, The Epistle to the Romans (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House [reprint], 1969), p. 295. While we acknowledge His kindness in the past, we depend on Him at the present moment, and we commit to Him all our care for the future. Father!” (ESV) While the spirit of bondage and fear is a work of the Holy Spirit, it has a specific and limited role in the life of the Christian. It floats fearlessly in the spray that arises out of the thunders of Niagara. Great earnestness and importunity (2 Kings 2:12).(B. Mark the reason why universal power is given to the Mediator (Psalm 72:11, 12).3. He goes as one who has a right. It is the child, not the subject or servant, that cries "Abba, Father." Or is the one name an interpretation of the other? Apprehensions respecting present judgments. "We love Him because He first loved us. It is characterised in our text as a gift; it is not spoken of as an attainment. Though believers are not wholly exempt from a spirit of bondage —1. 2. Moore, M.A. 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?4. 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. (4) Nor is Protestantism by any means free from this unhappy spirit. The means is that view of the love of God which none but an adopted child can have. 1. The state of a MAN UNDER GRACE.1. (a)Great love to God. Moore, M.A.Consider this —I. "If we suffer with Him." But this "adoption," if it stood alone, would be no blessing. And not only fitted, but designed. God hears nothing else. Breaking the Chains of Sin; I'm All Over It; Solomon's Divine Wisdom; God Is For Us! Refinement of feeling and manner is always beautiful in a child, but it is not natural that it should express itself in courtly language. And what a distance between us in our helplessness and God in His glory, but "Father" reaches all the way. Horton. Father!"(A. A comfortable persuasion of the love of God towards us. The cry and the groaning (ver. So likewise we can come to God when we have sinned against Him, believing that He will quickly restore us to His favour, and not vindictively cast us off for ever. If he had kept strictly to language he would have added, "But ye have received the Spirit of liberty." To what does "again" refer? He has no dread of God, because he thinks Him merciful, and that he can at any time repent.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. "Thou, O Lord, art in the midst of us, and we are called by Thy name."