Reflection on Romans 8:12-25

Scripture

For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption.

Observation

To live according to the flesh (the unredeemed human nature) is to die, but to walk by the grace of the Holy Spirit is to live for ever.

If you are led by the Holy Spirit you are a child of God. If you are a child of God, you are a joint heir with Christ to all the glory that He owns.

At the moment we may go through various trials and sufferings, but they are nothing compared to the glory that awaits us. The whole of creation is groaning in anticipation of the revelation of this glory.

Application

This passage is about the future glory that lies ahead of us. We can be overwhelmed, discouraged, and burdened by the trials of this world, but they are nothing compared to what is waiting for us.

The Holy Spirit prompts us to call out to God as Father. This reminds us that we belong to Christ and therefore we will inherit everything with Him. All that the Father has is waiting to be shared with us.

One day this world will pass away and we will see a new creation together with its Creator whom we will see face to face.

If we stand firm in Christ to the end we will receive His commendation “Well done!”

Prayer

Lord may I walk in your will today regardless of what the world throws at me. Amen.

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