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The Book of Romans
 
Sonship, Hope, and Strength of the Believer
Romans 8:14-27
 
Introduction:
     What more can God possibly do for the believer?  Our study of Romans up to this point has revealed that the believer has been saved from the just penalty of sin, his sins have been forgiven, and the Holy Spirit enables the believer to live the Christian life.
     But there is more to the Christian life than having the assurance that one day the believer will be in the presence of God in heaven.  Now our study focuses on a more personal relationship with the Father.  Phrases such as “sons of God, Spirit of adoption, and joint-heirs with Christ help us understand that salvation is a personal relationship with God.  The use of the words suffering and groaning, help us understand the hope of the believer.  And finally, the words infirmities and intercession help us discover the believer’s strength in daily life.  What more could God possibly do for the believer?
 
I.       Sonship of the Believer. Vs 14-17
  1. V 14, For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. Being led by the Spirit of God is synonymous with walking according to the Holy Spirit.  Walking is the active participation and effort of the believer.  Being led refers to the active submissive dependence of the believer on the Holy Spirit. Those led by the Spirit are God’s children and the sovereign Lord is their Father.   II Corinthians 6:18, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
  2. V 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.  The believer is no longer under the bondage of the law because he has liberty found in Christ.  The believer led by the Spirit is free to follow Christ.  The believer is free from wondering about his spiritual condition. The believer has received the “Spirit of Adoption.”  Adopted sons possess all the rights of a son born into the family.  Believers have been adopted into God’s family and have an eternal inheritance.  “Abba” is an Aramaic word that was not translated in order to show reverence and respect.  ‘Abba” is a very personal word that could be translated “My Daddy.”  The believer’s relationship to the Father is emphasized in the prayer of Jesus. Mark 14:36, And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.  The believer can address the Father in the same way that God’s Son addressed Him.
  3. V 16, The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.  A further indication of the believer’s sonship is that God’s Spirit bears witness with the believer’s spirit.  The believer has a consciousness that God is his Father.  The Spirit’s presence in the believer’s life gives the believer assurance of salvation.
  4. V 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.  All of God’s children have an inheritance based on their relationship as sons of God.  As joint heirs with Christ, believers share in His suffering now and will share His glory later. There is no need for the believer to be defeated because he has the Holy Spirit to lead him into the will of God. 
 
II.       Hope of the Believer, Vs, 18-25
  1. V 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. Paul is counting the cost and determines that the suffering that the believer has in this life is nothing compare to the future glory. II Corinthians 4:16-17, For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.
  2. Vs 19-22, For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.  When God finished His creation in Genesis chapter one it was good.  However, today as the result of Adam’s sin, God’s good creation is a groaning creation.  There is suffering, death and pain.  Creation groaning and travailing can be compared to a woman in labor at childbirth.  There is pain, but the pain will end when the child is delivered.  The believer has hope because the groaning creation will become a glorious creation.  God’s creation is waiting with earnest expectation for the return of Christ with His sons and daughters because it will be freed from the bondage of corruption.  Nature will no longer be a salve to decay and death.
  3. Vs, 23-25, 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.  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? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.  The believer groans because he has experienced the “firstfruits of the Spirit,” a foretaste of the glory to come. The believer should eagerly be waiting for the “adoption” which is the redemption of the body when Christ returns.  Philippians 3:20-21, For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.   Hope is a constant expectation of an unseen reality.  The believer is saved by faith, but his hope is in the return of Christ in all of His glory. Christ’s return will result in the believer’s complete deliverance from our sinful nature.  The believer can endure suffering, pain, and death because he is expecting something unseen.  The believer’s frustration of suffering and pain in this world is only temporary because one day suffering will give way to eternal glory.
 
III.      Strength of the Believer, Vs, 26-27
  1. Vs 26, 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.  The word “infirmities” has reference to the believer inability to know and understand how to pray and respond to pain, suffering, and understanding God’s will.  “Groanings” means to voice a deep, speechless sound, as of pain, grief, or displeasure. The emphasis being that the believer in his weakness of understanding the will of God has strength found in the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit intercedes in behalf of the believer in such a way that only God can understand the believer’s pain, grief, and displeasure. It is beyond the comprehension or reason of family, friends, and church members.
  2. V 27, 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.  The believer’s strength is that our heavenly Father knows what is going on in our lives and within the deep recesses of our hearts.  The Spirit’s requests are always according to the will of God and will always be answered. 1 Samuel 16:7, But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. Jeremiah 17:7, Blessed is the man that trusted in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.
 
Conclusion:
     What more can God possibly do for the believer?  The believer is free from wondering about his spiritual condition. The believer has received the “Spirit of Adoption.”  Adopted sons possess all the rights of a son born into the family.  Believers have been adopted into God’s family and have an eternal inheritance.  The believer can address the Father in the same way that God’s Son addressed Him.
      Hope is a constant expectation of an unseen reality.  The believer is saved by faith, but his hope is in the return of Christ in all of His glory because it will result in the believer’s complete deliverance from our sinful nature. The believer can endure suffering, pain, and death because he is expecting something unseen.  The believer’s frustration of suffering and pain in this world is only temporary because one day suffering will give way to eternal glory.
     The believer in his weakness of understanding the will of God has strength found in the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit intercedes in behalf of the believer in such a way that only God can understand the believer’s pain, grief, and displeasure. It is beyond the comprehension or reason of family, friends, and church members. The believer’s strength is that our heavenly Father knows what is going on in our lives and within the deep recesses of our hearts.  The Spirit’s requests are always according to the will of God and will always be answered.
 
 
 
 
Created and Researched by Pastor Dennis Baker
Zion Baptist Church
3485 New Baumgartner Rd. - St. Louis, MO 63129 - Phone: 314-846-1867