The Holy Spirit is our pledge and foretaste of our inheritance, in anticipation of our full redemption–the inheritance which Jesus has purchased to be specially His for the extolling of His glory…
In Ephesians 1:13-14 we are told that as soon as we believed, we were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.
This means that every true believer receives the Spirit of God as a sign that he belongs to God and that he will be kept safe by God until the time he receives his glorified body.
Just as in legal matters a seal indicates ownership and security, so it does in divine affairs.
The indwelling Spirit brands us as God’s property (1 Cor. 6:19, 20), and guarantees our preservation until the day of redemption (Eph. 4:30).
We are to become ONE in Christ:
Jesus and His Father have given us a guarantee of His promise to marry us.
On the Feast of Pentecost (Acts 2), fifty days after Jesus’ resurrection, God sent a “deposit,” the “earnest” of the Holy Spirit—the guarantee of the full payment to come later, when we are changed from flesh to spirit.
There may be more here than some realize.
The Greek word for “earnest” is arrabon.
When taken in the context of our understanding of a glorious wedding coming, it is a word packed with meaning.
Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words comments:
Originally, “earnest-money” deposited by the purchaser and forfeited if the purchase was not completed, [arrabon] was probably a Phoenician word, introduced into Greece.
In general usage it came to denote “a pledge” or “earnest” of any sort; in the NT it is used only of that which is assured by God to believers; it is said of the Holy Spirit as the divine “pledge” of all their future blessedness, . . . particularly of their eternal inheritance.
Then comes this final sentence:
“In modern Greek arrabona is an ‘engagement ring.'”
Of course! It makes so much sense.
When Jesus asks us to drink of His cup—and we do—He follows by giving us a sign of His pledge: a kind of engagement ring, an earnest of His Holy Spirit!
All this happened on the likely anniversary of God’s proposal to Israel, the Day of Pentecost, about the time Boaz and Ruth pledged their troth.
God’s grace is NEVER a licensed to sin:
In Romans 6 Paul answeres the question, “Does the teaching of the gospel (salvation by faith alone) permit or even encourage sinful living?”
In chapter 7 he faced up to the question, “Does the gospel tell Christians to keep the law in order to lead a holy life?”
Now the question is: How is the Christian enabled to live a holy life?
We notice right away that the personal pronouns that were so prominent in chapter 7 largely disappear in chapter 8, and that the Holy Spirit becomes the dominant Person!
This is an important key to understanding the passage.
Victory is not in ourselves but in the Holy Spirit, who indwells us.
New King James Version
Free from Indwelling Sin
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.
3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin:
He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
In Romans 8 we read that there are seven helps that we receive from the Holy Spirit:
1. Freedom in service (v. 2);
2. Strength for service (v. 11);
3. Victory over sin (v. 13);
4. Guidance in service (v. 14);
5. The witness of sonship (v. 16);
6. Assistance in service (v. 26);
7. Assistance in prayer (v. 26).
And in Romans 8:1 we are told:
“There is therefore now NO CONDEMNATION to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
And so in Romans 8:1, we are declared “Not guilty… Let this person go free.”
What would those words mean to you if you were on death row?
In reality, the whole human race is on death row, justly condemned for repeatedly breaking God’s holy law.
Without Jesus we would have no hope at all. But thank God! He has declared us not guilty and has offered us freedom from sin and supernatural power to do His will.
8:2 This life-giving Spirit is the Holy Spirit.
As the third person of the Trinity, He was present at the creation of the world (Genesis 1:2), and He is the POWER behind the rebirth of every Christian.
He gives us the power we need to live the Christian life.
8:3 Jesus gave Himself as a sacrifice for our sins.
In Old Testament times, animal sacrifices were continually offered at the Temple.
The sacrifices showed the Israelites the seriousness of sin: Blood had to be shed before sins could be pardoned (see Leviticus 17:11).
But the blood of animals could not really remove sins (Hebrews 10:4).
The sacrifices could only point to Jesus’ sacrifice, which would pay the penalty for ALL sins.
8:5-6 Paul divides people into two categories: those who are dominated by their sinful nature and those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit.
All of us would be in the first category if Jesus hadn’t offered us a way out.
Once we have said yes to Jesus, we will want to continue following Him because His way brings life and peace.
Daily we must consciously choose to center our lives in God.
Use the Bible to discover God’s guidelines, and then follow them.
In every perplexing situation, ask yourself, What does Jesus want me to do?
When the Holy Spirit points out what God wants you to do, do it eagerly.
Selah (let us pause and calmly think about these things)
Saturday, Sep 3
The Winning Walk
bt Dr Ed Young
“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death.”
— Romans 8:2
“We operate by laws in life. When we drop something, the law of gravity sends it to the ground.
However, the law of aerodynamics overcomes the law of gravity allowing flight.
But if a passenger on a plane decided to step outside for a while … well, let’s just say the law of gravity would take over again. The same is true spiritually.
When we are in Christ, the law of the Spirit sets us free from the law of sin and death.
But when we step outside the law of the Spirit and follow our own desires and plans, the law of sin and death takes over again.
So let’s make sure we operate in the law of the Spirit and live in the freedom Christ provides for us through the Cross.”
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