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A Certain Kind: Discipleship Essentials

May 05, 2019 | Rev. Dr. K. Rick Baker

Experiencing the Security of our Salvation: ADOPTION

Romans 8:9-17

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Now that you have been "Declared righteous" (justified), how does the Lord cause you to experience the security of your standing?

1. God’s gift - the gift of God’s righteousness is superintended by the gift of God’s Spirit (8:9-11)

  • Within our dying bodies, our spirit has been made to come alive (9-10)
  • Our dead bodies will be brought to life (11)

2. Brothers, we have an obligation - there is a kind of life which leads to death, and there is a kind of death that leads to a CERTAIN KIND of life (Stott, Romans 8:12-17)

  • Put to death the misdeeds of the body—those who do are led by the Spirit, who are actually the "sons of God" (13-14)

  • Trade our fear of God's judgement for freedom to approach God—those who do have received the Spirit of sonship (15)

  • Get into intimate conversations with our Heavenly Father—those moved regularly to pray are children of God (16)

  • Share in the sufferings of Christ—those who do, share in the family inheritance of Christ (17)
Those "declared righteous" (justified) are indwelt by the Holy Spirit and adopted by God into His family to enjoy all the rights, responsibilities and privileges as children of God.


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