Studies In The Book Of Romans

(Romans 8:14-27)

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1. What is one led by if they are sons of God?

The Spirit: “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (Romans 8:14).

*Note - We MUST keep in mind that much of this context related to the supernatural, miraculous work of the Holy Spirit among men in the 1st century. We know there are no more Apostles (Acts 1:15-22; cf. I Corinthians 15:8) nor is there any more baptisms of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:5 and I Peter 3:20-21).

2. In Christ, prior to the full revelation of God, how would one know they are the children of God and no longer under bondage of the Law of Moses?

The Spirit: “(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 8:15-16).

3. With whom are Christians joint-heirs?

Christ: “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” (Romans 8:17).

4. Is any suffering we might face for Christ comparable to the reward we’ll receive?

No: “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” (Romans 8:18).

5. What does the “creature” wait for that “we ourselves groan within ourselves” for?

(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. (23) 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” (Romans 8:19-23).

The term “creature” [translated “creation” in NKJV, ASV, etc.] could refer to any created being that God observes (Hebrews 4:13).

- The term “creature” could refer to human beings (Mark 16:15-16).

- The term “creature” could refer to Christians (II Corinthians 5:17).

- The term “creature” could refer to angels (Ezekiel 10:15-17).

- The term “creature” could include animals of land and sea (I Timothy 4:1-4 and Revelation 5:13).

- We know we’re not talking about “creatures” as in those animals which have no souls (Ecclesiastes 3:21).

6. Do we have hope by sight?

No: “(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” (Romans 8:24-25).

7. Did the Spirit of God help with prayers?

Yes: “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Romans 8:26).

8. Is/was the Holy Spirit capable of knowing what we think?

Of course: “And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God” (Romans 8:27).


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