For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 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.” . The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 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.Romans 8:14-17 (NKJV)
I just finished studying Romans. God totally blessed the time of study and showed me so much.
If you never read through Romans, I highly recommend to do so. I was listening to the message of Pastor Tim Chaddick of Reality LA on this passage, which was really impacting. So I'd like to share how God spoke to me through this passage.
Chapter 8 is one of the most inspiring chapter of the Bible. ( I even once heard this joke "All the scriptures are inspired by God, but not all scriptures are inspiring as Romans 8" )
The work of the Spirit is indescribable. He enables us to call God "Abba, Father" !!!!
I was once so far from God. But, Spirit convicted me of my sins and brought into the relationship with God. Once, I was slave of sin but now child of God!!
This is supernatural awareness, awareness of where I have been adopted from, by and into.
We are to obey God. But, how do you do it? What makes and motivates you to do it?
It is Love, Supernatural Love of God.
It is the beauty of the gospel and His love that melts our hearts and makes us want to respond to the Love. So the fact that I can say that I love God, itself is supernatural.
We try to tell non-believers how great God's love is. I have hard time to understand why they can't get it. But, it is not really our work to show the love. It is work of the Spirit to help man to understand and appreciate the love and to be moved and affected by the love!!
I also found the beautiful work of Trinity there.
God's love was revealed through the incarnation, the cross and the resurrection of Jesus, the Son. And His Love is poured out into our hearts by The Spirit.
Francis Schaeffer said "If God were not the Trinity, He would not be Love."
His love is so deep and wide that I cannot fully understand this supernatural affection. But, Scripture remedies the supernatural.