The Spirit Does It
"Therefore, brethren, 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 as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “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 joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together."
The big thing we seek to do at this time is to have our thoughts on the Lord Jesus Christ. It is the Spirit who aids us. We cannot work up such thoughts and feelings on our own. He makes possible personal fellowship with the Lord. He makes possible a transformed life of purity and joyful obedience. He makes possible an assurance of the reality of God and His salvation of us at the cross of Christ. We are adopted children of God, and we will never be forsaken by Him. Abide in Christ now, by the Spirit’s work.
Labels: Communion Exhortation