Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Holy Spirit’s Greatest Gift to You

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

The Holy Spirit is actively involved in the life of a Christ follower. And while there are many things He does in our lives, I can think of no greater gift than when He reveals to us that we are a child of God. What a precious and powerful revelation. When we put our trust in Christ as Savior and Lord, from that very instant, the Holy Spirit begins His work of convincing you that you are a true son of God. You have a new identity.

That’s Pauls argument in Romans 8.15 -  “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.” A more literal rendering would be, “You received adoption as sons.”

Let’s not get caught up in the gender neutral language of today. Paul is referring to something of importance in the Roman culture. A firstborn son received two thirds of family inheritance. That way, he could oversee his father’s estate. He was the crowning prize of the family. He was celebrated by the community. Don’t think for a moment that Paul is excluding or downplaying women here. The point is, our spiritual adoption is that special. We are now the sons of God and we can cry out to Him, “Abba, Father!”

The Holy Spirit indwells every Christ follower, without exception. How precious, then, is the fact that among the first things the Holy Spirit does is to confirm your permanent place in the family of God!

The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ. Romans 8.16-17

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