Meditation for 05/31/2019
“For you did not received a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’ Not only so , but we ourselves who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.” (Romans 8:15, 23)
God’s salvation as expressed in terms of adoption as His sons. Sonship and adoption are synonymous. The Holy Spirit of adoption who makes us children of God. He enables us to call God our Father, “Abba” is the Aramaic word meaning, “Father” or “Daddy.” God becomes the Father of he saved in a real and intimate sense.
Adopted children are no less children of their parents than are their naturally born offspring. Verse 23 reveals a future dimension to adoption into God’s family, which we call glorification. The presence of God’s Spirit assures us we belong to Him.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Abba, we are Your children, and have been because of all of Your efforts to reach out to us as human beings, ever since You created this world, the universe and all of its inhabitants. You reach out to us in love, and in return we have responded to Your love, compassion, mercy, forgiveness and adoption in kind. We take our responsibility as Your children, to reach out to others, to tell them the gospel message of salvation through Jesus, and seek only to serve You. Lift us up, sustain us, and help us to find those whom You have called, to join us in the task we have been given. Let our voices and our efforts be blessed by You and let us be faithful always to You. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Destroy your enemies—-make them your friends.”
“He predestined us to be his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—And you were also included in Christ, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit.” (Ephesians1:1, 5, 13)
Those in Christ are saints. They are God’s children through their adoption in Christ. All who hear and believe the gospel are included in Christ’s people. The Holy Spirit in us marks us as being in Christ.
Salvation, As Cleansing: (Acts22:16)
Christian baptism symbolizes the washing away of sin. Salvation centers on getting id of the sin problem every person faces. Through Christ’s death God provided the possibility to repent, believe, and be cleansed of sin.
Second Thought of the Day:
“But women will be saved through childbearing—-if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety” (1st Timothy 2:15)
God’s salvation includes woman as well as men. God saves them. Their childbearing does not. This text contradicted an early non-biblical idea that women had to become males in order to be saved or that sexual relationships and birth are evil, part of the world’s way instead of God’s.
The literal translation is “she will be saved through the childbearing.” This may be a reference to the birth of Christ as glorifying womanhood. If the meaning is woman’s physical safety in childbearing, the reference should be interpreted against the background of Genesis 3:16. If the meaning is the birth of Christ by the virgin Mary, the phrase should be interpreted as a fulfillment of the prophecy of Genesis 3:15 about Eve’s seed bruising the head of the serpent tempter. The Women’s physical safekeeping in childbirth is the most likely meaning.