The Baptism of the Holy Spirit – Romans 8, by Ty Tamasaka
Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving yesterday! This devotion concludes our series Overcoming Insecurity – A Study through Romans 8. Be blessed.
“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.”
16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” Romans 8:14-17 NIV
Romans 8:16 is a pivotal verse in overcoming insecurity and recognizing our sonship in Christ. If you were to experience Romans 8:16, you will never be the same again. The normal Christian experience is that our own spirit bears witness that we are Christians. We depend on our experiences and examine the evidence. We prayed the sinner’s prayer, go to church, and read our Bibles, therefore, we must be Christians. We received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, therefore we must be saved.
In verse 16, something different is happening. Something higher. In Romans 8:16, Paul says it is the Spirit Himself who testifies with our spirit, that we are God’s children. When the Spirit Himself testifies that we are God’s children, our sonship becomes a felt reality in life. This is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. The Greek word baptizo, means, “to immerse, submerge; to make overwhelmed.” I know this is sounding a bit confusing and overwhelming, but stay with me for a moment.
Imagine for a moment that you see a dad walking with his son. The dad suddenly stoops down, picks up his son, takes him up in his arms, hugs him, plants kisses on him. The young boy smiles, laughs, and enjoys his daddy’s affection in the moment. Was that little boy any less of a son before that experience? Of course not. What happened was the young boy’s sonship became a felt reality in his life. He was “immersed, submerged, or made overwhelmed” in his sonship. That is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. That is what the Holy Spirit does for the believer. Jesus Himself referred to God as Abba. Abba, is an affectionate Aramaic term for, “daddy.” It’s easy to think about Jesus referring to God as intimately as Abba, and disqualify ourselves from such an intimate connection, but we must remember that in Christ, we have the privilege of relating to God the same way Jesus did!
Do you know God as Abba? You can be the most intellectual and impressive theologian in history and not fully know God as your Abba Father. In Romans 8:16-17, we learn that God doesn’t want our formalities. He doesn’t want to be a theological idea, a religious philosophy, or a good social concept. He wants us to be overwhelmed in our sonship. He wants us to know we can crawl up in His lap and experience Him as Father – as Abba. He wants us to find safety in His presence. He wants us to run into His arms in times of trouble.
Being baptized in the Spirit means being a person who has become fully immersed in the reality of God as their Abba – as their Father. To the person who recognizes God as Abba, God is not an angry judge. He is not a distant, theological concept. God is not a spiritual vending machine. He is not the “big guy upstairs.” He is Abba. He is Daddy. There is no need to fear Him.
1 – If you don’t know Him as Abba, ask Him to reveal Himself as Abba.
2 – Invite the Holy Spirit to fill you.
3 – Repent (or turn away from) of all known sins.
4 – Believe that He has filled you.
A key to overcoming insecurity is being Baptized in the Holy Spirit and recognizing God as your Father.
Reveal Yourself as Abba in my life once again. Come and fill me Lord. Fill every part – my mind, my mouth, my heart, my eyes. Forgive me for the times I have not lived fully for You. I believe Holy Spirit that You are changing me and making me more like Jesus today. In the name of the 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.