Rom 8:14-23; Mat 5:44-45; Joh 14:8-10; Joh 15:9-17; Phil 3:10-11.
ROMANS-198-110130 - length: 76:19 - taught on Jan, 30 2011
January 30, 2011
The Doctrine of Adoption
The Holy Spirit, who is the first fruits of the glory that awaits us, is the one who brings together the whole design of adoption.
The Spirit joins the two sides of the “already-not yet” tension. He provides the poise and stability that we need.
The only way to keep our balance is to submit to the leadership of God the Holy Spirit and the authority of the Word of God.
The pattern of right thinking is the humanity of Jesus Christ, who constantly lived and functioned inside the PPOG for His life, PHI 2:5.
Humility, which is obedience to divine authority and orientation to God’s grace, should be the attitude of every member of the royal family of God.
Another name for finding the right balance is having discernment, HEB 5:14.
“senses trained” refers to the work of the Holy Spirit in guiding the believer to make the proper distinctions in applying Bible doctrine.
“practice” refers to consistently perceiving, metabolizing, and applying Bible doctrine.
diakrisis = judicial estimation:
distinguishing, a clear discrimination, discerning, judging
All discernment is performed by the Holy Spirit, using the tools of Bible doctrine already in the soul, under the exercise of one’s priesthood.
We assist the Spirit in building our discernment muscle by being faithful to the two power options: the filling of the Holy Spirit, and daily study of the word of God.
We get discerned by God first, and then we gain the capacity to be discerning in our lives.
In order to advance to spiritual maturity, we must respond to the leadings of the Spirit.
To be a son of God implies a certain similarity or likeness. A son and a father have similarities, certain things in common.
We are to learn how to see things as God sees them.