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The Spirit of Bondage

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Book of Romans

A Sermon on Romans 8:15

For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” (ESV)

It is safe to say we all battle with seasons of fear and worry. Yet, as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows us, two things that Paul is confirming in Romans 8:15: all who are led to Christ are sons of God and those who are sons of God no longer have a spirit of bondage or fear. Dr. Lloyd-Jones points out that this means the spirit of bondage and fear always precedes the spirit of adoption. How would a Christian be truly convicted of their sin and desperation if they first did not have a spirit which convicted them of their guilt? This guilt shows just how much we are in need of a Savior. The Doctor explains that Christians may experience this spirit of bondage to different degrees, but it does not mean that one person has sinned more than the other. The amount of sin in our lives does not matter, but it is the realization of that sin that is necessary to bring about true salvation. The Holy Spirit, which dwells in all Christians, is a spirit of truth and always produces a sense of sin and sense of conviction. The Holy Spirit cannot truly lead us to God without showing us how holy and just Christ is. All Christians have experienced this and we can praise our Creator who provided the Holy Spirit to us!