A CHILD OF GOD

Rom 8:14-17

 

This portion of the book of Romans will allow the Christian to prove beyond a doubt his salvation.

 

Are we a child of God?

 

Then to see the importance and benefit of being a Child of God.

 

Every Christian has reason to rejoice tonight realizing his position as a child of God.

 

I. PROOF OF SONSHIP.

 

Rom 8:14

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

 

Rom 8:16

16  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

 

Do you know that your saved tonight. Are you 100% sure you are a child of God.

The Bible teaches us that to be saved means to become a child of God.

 

 

John 3:5-7

5    Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

6    That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

7    Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

 

Can you prove that you are born again?

 

I don’t mean prove it to any one else, but, can you prove it to yourself. (Vs 16). We can know that we are saved.

 

Does the Spirit of God bear witness with your spirit that you are saved?

 

It is easy to have the Spirit of God bear witness with your spirit.

 

Simply ask yourself some questions and see if you can answer them yes or no.

 

A. Have you recognized your condition?

 

You are a sinner.

 

Rom 3:23

23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

 

Rom 3:9-10

9    What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;

10  As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

 

Isa 64:6

6    But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

 

B. Have you realized your situation?

 

1. You owe God death.

 

Rom 6:23

23  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Rev 20:14-15

14  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

 

1 Peter 5:8

8    Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

 

Amos 3:12

12  Thus saith the LORD; As the shepherd taketh out of the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear; so shall the children of Israel be taken out that dwell in Samaria in the corner of a bed, and in Damascus in a couch.

 

Amos 5:17-20

17  And in all vineyards shall be wailing: for I will pass through thee, saith the LORD.

18  Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light.

19  As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.

20  Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?

 

Without Christ Hell is the only option.

 

2. But, Christ took our sins away nailing them to the cross.

 

Col 2:13-15

13  And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

14  Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

15  And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

 

1 Peter 2:24

24  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

 

 

 

2 Cor 5:21

21  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

 

The situation is that we are sinners bound for hell without Christ.

 

But Jesus paid our sin debt and provide a way for salvation.

 

This is the situation.

 

C. Have you repented of your sin?

 

 

Luke 13:3

3    I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

 Luke 13:5

5    I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

 

Acts 17:30

30  And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

 

D. Have you received the Christ as your Savior?

 

 

 

John 1:12-13

12  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

13  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

 

Rom 10:9-10

9    That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

10  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

 

If you can answer yes I did all this then you can know

that you are a child of God.

 

Then will the Holy Spirit witness with your spirit, I have done what God requires for salvation and sonship.

 

II. PROCLAMATION OF SONSHIP. (Vs 15)

 

 

Rom 8:15

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.

 

A. No spirit of bondage

 

Gal 4:4-8

4    But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

5    To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

6    And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

7    Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

8    Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.

 

Bondage to the law brought fear.

 

Those who are under the law must always wonder if they have done enough to satisfy God.

Gal 3:10

10  For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

 

If the law be broken in one point then the offender was guilty of all.

 

James 2:10

10  For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

 

Under grace the penalty for sin has been paid once and for all.

 

Heb 10:8-13

8    Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;

9    Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.

10  By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

11  And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:

12  But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;

13  From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.

 

God accepted worship under the law, but not salvation.

God allowed men to communicate with Him by sacrifice.

Old Testament saints were saved the same as we, by looking to the Messiah.

 

The sacrifice of animals could not save nor change the condition of the human heart.

 

The way of salvation was known and preached by Enoch and was certainly known by Job.

 

 

 

 

Jude 1:14-15

14  And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,

15  To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.

 

Job 19:25-27

25  For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:

26  And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:

27  Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

 

They were looking forward; we are looking back.

 

B. Now spirit of adoption.

 

Gal 4:4-6

4    But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

5    To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

6    And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

 

The Holy Spirit of God upon entrance into the human heart, does what the law cannot do. It creates a new creature in Christ and changes the heart.

 

 

 

2 Cor 5:17

17  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

 

2 Cor 3:3-6

3    Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.

4    And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:

5    Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;

6    Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

 

We are redeemed bought back from:

 

1. Justice

 

Ex 34:7

7    Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.

 

Num 14:18

18  The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.

 

 

 

 

Rom 3:25-30

25  Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

26  To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

27  Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.

28  Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

29  Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:

30  Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.

 

2. Free from judgment of sin hereafter.

 

John 5:24

24  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

 

Rom 6:23

23  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

The purpose of chastisement is to correct.

 

Heb 12:5-9

5    And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not

thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:

6    For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

7    If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

8    But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

9    Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?

 

There is a sin unto death.

 

I Jn 5:16

16  If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.

 

 

 

Heb 10:26-31

26  For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

27  But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

28  He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:

29  Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

30  For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.

31  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

                                                                                       

III. PROFIT OF SONSHIP. (Vs 17)

 

 

Rom 8:17

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.

 

A. A new beginning

 

2 Cor 5:17

17  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

 

B. A new body

 

1 Cor 15:51-58

51  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

52  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

53  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

54  So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

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