October 28 - Supernatural Living (Romans 8:9-17)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship by using the guide below.
Miguel Echevarria will continue teaching "Living as Exiles" in the youth room. This study considers instruction from Paul and Peter on living between the times.
Josh Herring will continue teaching on Old Testament Wisdom Literature in the Adult 1 classroom.
9 You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness.11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. 12 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons. of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (8:1). Freedom from condemnation is a high privilege indeed, but those who are "in Christ" experience even more. Paul continues in Romans 8 to describe the supernatural realities that come to those who are in Christ. The Spirit of Christ dwells within, giving life (vv. 9-11). The Spirit empowers those who are in Christ to kill sin and walk in holiness (vv. 12-13). And the Spirit speaks into your soul the assuring word that you are God's beloved child (vv. 14-17). These great privileges belong to those who are in Christ.
Review and Apply
How often do you consider the role of the Holy Spirit in your life? Do you pray to the Holy Spirit? Why or why not?
What is the distinctive quality of the new life the Spirit gives (vv. 9-11)? Do you experience freedom from condemnation on a regular basis? Why or why not?
Are you actively putting to death the deeds of the body (vv. 12-13)? Which do you fight against most, and have you experienced the Spirit's empowering work in your efforts?
What does Paul mean when he says, "The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God" (v. 16)? Have you experienced this in your own life? Explain.
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