9 But you are not ruled by the power of sin. Instead, the Holy Spirit rules over you. This is true if the Spirit of God lives in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Christ. 10 If Christ lives in you, you will live. Though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life. The Spirit does this because you have been made right with God. 11 The Spirit of the God who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you. So the God who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your bodies. He will do this because of his Spirit who lives in you. 12 Brothers and sisters, we have a duty. Our duty is not to live under the power of sin. 13 If you live under the power of sin, you will die. But by the Spirit’s power you can put to death the sins you commit. Then you will live. 14 Those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. 15 The Spirit you received doesn’t make you slaves. Otherwise you would live in fear again. Instead, the Holy Spirit you received made you God’s adopted child. By the Spirit’s power we call God Abba. Abba means Father. 16 The Spirit himself joins with our spirits. Together they tell us that we are God’s children. 17 As his children, we will receive all that he has for us. We will share what Christ receives. But we must share in his sufferings if we want to share in his glory.
This is one of those passages that is important to let settle into our minds and hearts, for the truth of it can combat the lies of the enemy that can so often plague our thoughts. The Spirit of Christ does not only make us righteous before God, but the wonderful truth is that the Spirit of Christ, makes us co-heirs with Christ . . . children of the most high God. Just let that thought settle on your heart.
We are not servants, or onlookers, or club members, but are actually a child of the Father when we accept Jesus as our Saviour.
We do not earn this privilege. We do not gain it by works. We do not have to consistently work hard each day to maintain our status. God’s love for us does not waiver. Nothing we can do will make him love us more, and nothing we do will make him love us less. We are sealed by His Spirit.
Father, I thank you that you took the initiative by grace to save me, and that I am now your child and co-heir with Christ.
Written by Steve Fell