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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).

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"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.

8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 8:10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

8:12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 8:15 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. 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 8:17 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." (Romans 8:1-17 KJV)

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.

8:22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 8:23 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. 8:24 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? 8:25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

8:26 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. 8:27 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." (Romans 8:18-27 KJV)

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.

8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 8:33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. 8:34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 8:36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 8:38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 8:39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:28-39 KJV)

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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).

Mexico in 1847 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.



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