Birthmarks of the Believer

He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

[Romans 8:11]

Most sociologists agree that the emotional or physical absence of fathers today is responsible for many of society’s ills, including poverty, drug addiction, and a general disintegration of the family. In “Fatherless America,” David Blankenhorn wrote, “Before they reach the age of eighteen, more than half of our nation’s children are likely to spend at least a significant portion of their childhood living apart from their fathers. Never before in this country have so many children been voluntarily abandoned by their fathers.”

Regardless of your relationship with your biological father, you can have a Heavenly Father who will never abandon you. The security that you have as a child of the one true God is the theme of Romans 8, the passage we will continue to look at this week in our study of the book of Romans. Romans 8 is a chapter about our assurance of our relationship with our Heavenly Father.

This idea of our eternal security as a Christian is a wonderful truth for those who are saved, but it is a deadly presumption for those who are not saved. Romans 8 begins by reminding us that if we are children of God, we have been delivered from the penalty of sin. Romans 8:1 says, “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” If you are truly a child of God, then you never have to fear that one day God will pour out His wrath on you. You have also been saved from the power of sin. Look at Romans 8:11: “If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”

When the Holy Spirit comes into your life, He is going to make changes. He is going to conform you into the image of Jesus in your actions, your attitudes, and your affections. That is why Paul said, “So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh–for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live” (8:12-13). When you become a Christian, the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is present in your life, giving you the power to say no to sin. Sin has no more power over your life as a child of God than you allow it to have. Before you are a Christian, you are under the management of Satan. He threatens you and makes your life miserable. But when you become a Christian, the Holy Spirit comes and resides in your life. You are a new person, and you are under new management. Your old master, Satan, has no more authority over your life than you allow him to have. Paul said in Romans 8:12, “We are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.” If you are a child of God, then you are under no obligation to the old nature, the part of you that is opposed to the purpose of God.

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