Life In Christ - Romans 8:14 (KJV)

It is not enough for us to have the Spirit; the Spirit must have us!

14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. Romans 8:14 (KJV)

The evidence of conversion is the presence of the Holy Spirit within, witnessing that you are a child of God (Romans 8:16). Your body becomes the very temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19–20). The Spirit gives life to the body today so that we may serve God (Ephesians 1:13–14).

What a difference it makes in your body when the Holy Spirit lives within. You experience new life, and even your physical faculties take on a new dimension of experience, life in Christ is abundant life.

There is however, a third level of experience for which the other two are preparation; which is “The Spirit has you!” (vv. 12–17) It is not enough for us to have the Spirit; the Spirit must have us! Only then can He share with us the abundant, victorious life that can be ours in Christ.

We have no obligation to the flesh, because the flesh has only brought trouble into our lives. We do have an obligation to the Holy Spirit, for it is the Spirit who convicted us, revealed Christ to us, and imparted eternal life to us when we trusted Christ.

But He is also the Spirit of death. He can enable us to “put to death” (mortify) the sinful deeds of the body. As we yield the members of our body to the Spirit (Romans 6:12–17). He puts to death the things of the flesh, and He reproduces the things of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is also “the Spirit of adoption” (Romans 8:14–17).

The word adoption in the NT means “being placed as an adult son.” The instant we are born into the family, God adopts us and gives us the position of an adult son. A baby cannot walk, speak, make decisions, or draw on the family wealth. But the believer can do all of these the instant he is born again.