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Thursday, July 7 2016
Romans 8: The Liberty Of The Children Of God
"The Creation itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the liberty of the glory of the Children of God ... 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"
Salvation is about being "born again" - actually born again - as children of God. It's not merely a euphoric state mind in the meantime (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16? and Who Can Be Saved?; also What Does Grace Really Mean?).
We are to live "spiritual" lives, striving to genuinely obey God's spiritual Law (see Strait And Straight and Which Way Is Right And Left?), but we cannot do so perfectly while we are yet physical. Nevertheless, although no human is perfect, repentant people are in a state of being perfected - that's how being "perfect" (a doing verb, not yet an accomplished-state noun) is stated in the Word of God e.g. "3:12 Not that I have already obtained, or am already made perfect: but I press on, if so be that I may lay hold on that for which also I was laid hold on by Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:12 KJV).
Notice also that Hebrew-speaking Paul used the Aramaic "Abba" for The Father (verse 15 below), just as the Messiah did (see The Syrian Tongue Of Jesus).
"8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 8:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Scientists today are discovering what many have long suspected - that most of the stars have planets, just as does the star that the Earth orbits (see Earth's Star). God does not create anything in vain. In due time, when no longer bound by the limits of physical existence, all of the Creation will be inhabited by the children of God who are given to inherit it: "The creation itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the liberty of the glory of the children of God" (ASV).
"8:18 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. 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. 8:20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, 8:21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
Until then, while the loser-pervert Satan does everything he can to hinder the children of God from inheriting what he threw away (see Satan's Sandals and Why Does The LORD's Armour Attract The Devil's Fire?), we strive toward the day of our spiritual birth and the receiving of the inheritance that awaits the children of God.
"8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
Fact Finder: When will the Church of God become the Kingdom of God?
This Day In History, July 7
1307: King Edward I of England died on his way north to subdue a rebellion in Scotland; he was succeeded by Edward II.
1534: The first recorded encounter of Europeans and native people of the Gulf of St. Lawrence area occurred, in what is today the Canadian Province of New Brunswick (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1543: France invaded Luxembourg.
1575: The Raid of the Redeswire; the last major battle between England and Scotland.
1668: Isaac Newton received his MA from Trinity College, Cambridge.
1798: Napoleon Bonaparte's army began its march towards Cairo, Egypt, from Alexandria.
1807: The first of the Treaties of Tilsit was signed, during which France, under Napoleon Bonaparte, and Russia, under Czar Alexander, became allies and divided Europe between them.
1846: During the Mexican-American war (a geographically-inaccurate term, since all people of the continents of North America and South America, including Mexicans, from the northern tip of Canada to the southern tip of Argentina, are "Americans"; imagine if, for example, the people of Germany claimed to be the Europeans, or if they claimed that Germany alone was Europe), the U.S. annexed California from Mexico. By the end of the war in 1848, Mexico lost the territories of what is today California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, plus parts of Colorado and New Mexico. As well, Texas broke away from Mexico and later joined the U.S.
1865: Lewis Paine, David Herold, George Atzerodt and Mary Surratt were executed by public hanging in Washington's Old Penitentiary. They had been convicted of "treasonable conspiracy" in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
1898: U.S. President William McKinley declared the Newlands Resolution to annex Hawaii as a territory of the U.S.
1928: The Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri introduced a new product to the market - pre-sliced bread.
1930: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, English author and creator of "Sherlock Holmes," died.
1937: Following the establishment of a commission to investigate the mandate in Palestine, the Peel Report was published in Britain (listen to our Sermons The Balfour Declaration and The Ottoman Empire).
1937: Japan invaded China.
1959: The planet Venus (the pagan name that scientists have given to the planet) occulted (blocked from view) the star Regulus. The event is used to calculate the diameter of Venus.
1967: Civil war began in Biafra.
1978: The Solomon Islands were granted independence from Britain.
1980: Sharia was instituted in Iran.
2005: Terrorist explosions in London's transport system killed 56 people (including the four suicide bombers) and injured over 700.