Growing Secure in our Sonship – Romans 8, by Ty Tamasaka
“14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:14-15
Romans 8:14-15 points out two types of spirits that we can live with. The spirit of fear or the spirit of sonship. Insecurity grows in our lives when we live with a spirit of fear rather than a spirit of sonship. What’s the difference? I’m glad you asked.
1 – A spirit of fear – The person with a spirit of fear sees God as a terror to be avoided. When we live with a spirit of fear, we live in the bondage of slavery. The slave is fearful of the consequences of his master’s wrath or anger.
The person who lives with a spirit of fear, sees God as a task-master who barks orders from a distance. There is no closeness. No intimacy. No relationship. There are only commands spoken and consequences if those commands are not carried out. The master is
2 – A spirit of Sonship – The person with a spirit of sonship sees God as their safety in the midst of terror.
The term huiothesias or “sonship” in Romans 8:15 is made up of “son” and “to place.” The text says that the Holy Spirit is the One who places children of God as adult sons in a legal standing before God and in relation to Him.
In Roman culture, an adopted son was deliberately chosen by his adoptive father to do two things: perpetuate his name and inherit his estate. The adopted son would lose all rights in his old family and gain all the rights found in his new family. The old life and old family of the adopted son was wiped out – including all debts being cancelled. Nothing from his past could be counted against him anymore! This goes back to Romans 8:1 – “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ…”
When we receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we receive a spirit of sonship. As sons (and daughters) of God we can rest assured there is no condemnation for or past.
As we grow secure in our sonship, we should recognize our calling two-fold calling:
- • Perpetuate your Father’s name.
- • Inherit His estate.
Lord Jesus thank You that there is no condemnation in You. Empower me to live faithful to perpetuate Your name and enjoy my inheritance as a son of the King of Kings. In the name of Jesus Christ my Lord and Abba… amen.
Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.