by Harley Howard

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The Epistle To The Romans Chapter 8:15-39 (12 of 25)
Harley Howard

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.

For ye (we believers) have not received the spirit of
bondage again to fear, (have not accepted a spirit
which brings us into slavery to sin and it's affects
without freedom, a condition of the falseness of
mankind which makes him dread God), but (in contrast
to a spirit of bondage) you have received the Spirit
of adoption whereby we cry Abba, Father. (We have
been brought into God's divine family through Jesus
Christ. Galatians 4:4-7, Ephesians 1:3-6.) Adoption
is positional in nature, just as our redemption and
although the totality of all that we are will be
experienced when we get to Heaven, we still experience
the reality of our position as sons, even in part,
because we have the right as sons to call God, Abba,
Father. "Abba" is Aramaic meaning: Daddy. It is a
term of intimacy and love. We as believers experience
a love relationship with God. Obedience and
faithfulness to God are not a chore, not a drag, not
done out of harsh laws and rules, but because of our
love for Him and as a response of His great love for

16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit,
that we are the children of God:

The Spirit HIMSELF, beareth witness that we are the
children of God. This means that the Holy Spirit
witnesses to the facts that we belong to God.
However, the usage in the early church took on other
meanings as well. The real application of this
"bearing witness" in the context can only be
understood as it relates to suffering for Christ, or
during suffering for Christ sake. During suffering
for Christ, the Holy Spirit reveals to the believer
the great reality that we belong to God, how? The
number one way that the Holy Spirit reveals Himself to
the believer duri ...

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