HOLINESS Romans 8:12-17
Vs 12: we have a duty not to live according to the sinful nature.
Vs 13: if you live according to the sinful nature, you will live die. If by the Help of the HOLY SPIRIT, you put to death the misdeeds of the body (and the mind) you engage in, you will live. Why?
Vs 14: because those who are led by the HOLY SPIRIT are the sons of GOD.
Vs 15: by becoming born again, we received the HOLY SPIRIT (even though we did not immediately receive HIS GIFTS). We did not receive a Spirit that makes us remain a slave to fear…
The HOLY SPIRIT delivered us from the bondage of fear. Fear is one of the major ways to invite the devil. I have experienced this from personal experience, and the devil will milk it for all it is worth. He will make you scared of things that do not exist and/or things that are contrary to GOD’s Plan for your life. And once you fear something, check your heart well. You’ll discover that deep down, the reason why you fear that thing is that you know one day it will- not it may- happen to you and you would not be able to handle it. Thus, before you fear something, ask yourself, ‘Do I really want to experience this thing; do I want it to happen to me?’ the longer you fear something, the more you anticipate it (indirectly at least). This is why ignorance- which leads to fear- and fear itself are the greatest weapons of the devil.
… but we received the Spirit of ‘Sonship’. And by HIM – THE HOLY SPIRIT- we can cry to GOD and HE will answer us as our Father.
By giving our lives to CHRIST, we acquired the privilege to be Sons of GOD ,and to be called so. This is the third Scripture after Gen.1:26 Ps 82:6, that show us that we are indeed Sons of GOD and can exercise the same rights that CHRIST can on earth, and we have the same duties that CHRIST had. For example, we should always seek to glorify GOD, rather than work for our personal benefit.
This scripture also shows that we cannot pray without the HOLY SPIRIT. HE teaches us how to pray and express our wishes to GOD and not pray amiss. HE helps us speak in tongues as well, which is the best way to communicate with AWESOME JEHOVAH, so the devil does not understand. You are kicking yourself in the foot when you don’t speak in tongues, or don’t know how to because the devil understands every word you are saying. Besides, the less information he has about you, the better. This way, there will be fewer adversaries.
Vs 16: the HOLY SPIRIT testifies with our spirits – in our hearts- that we are AWESOME GOD’S Children.
Vs 17: if we are Children of GOD, we are heirs of GOD and co-heirs with CHRIST…
Nothing comes free on earth. Maybe in Heaven. Thus, if we are children of GOD, and co-heirs with CHRIST, we can exercise the same rights and have the same benefits JESUS had then, and has now on earth. For example, we have power over sickness and death because JESUS has it. A solution will always be waiting in the wings, long before the problem arises. Why? Because for JESUS, it is so. And so on, and so forth.
However, we have the same duties as CHRIST, as well. For example, we have the duty to love AWESOME JEHOVAH with the whole of our bodies, our hearts, minds, souls, and EVERYTHING. we have the duty to do good works, so men can see our light and glorify GOD in Heaven, ALWAYS. We have the duty to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth. We have the duty to love our neighbours as much as we love ourselves. And the list goes on and on.