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Is it Safe?

STORY: China
Gathering is illegal
Church training
Year before: Police came in
Churches being destroyed
Kept thinking, “Is it Safe?”
There is a similar question in Romans for those who are wonder if they are safe from the wrath of God.
Can we be sure that there is no condemnation because we are in Christ Jesus? (Can we be sure that we are saved? Why or why not?)
Prayer

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Romans 8:9–17 ESV
9 You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 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. 12 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 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!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

4 Types of People

Not saved | Know they are not saved
Saved | Know they are saved
Saved | Unsure they are saved
Not saved | Think they are saved
Matthew 7:22–23 ESV
22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
Who do you think Jesus is talking about?
Jesus is talking to the pharisees who think they are saved by they Biological connection to Abraham. They did not believe they needed anything to save them from their sin, because of their Biological heritage.

Indwelt by the Spirit

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Matthew 8:9 ESV
9 For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
Romans 8:9 ESV
9 You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
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Who is Paul talking to?
He is talking to believers.
Paul is talking about two types of people here. Those who have the Spirit of God and those who do not.

Those who have the Spirit are safe

However, those who do not have the Spirit of God are not safe.
Which one of the four people are you? Are you sure beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are saved?
Romans 8:10 ESV
10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
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What is dead?
The body.
What does “the body being dead” mean?
We are Spiritually dead. And at our physical death we will be eternally separated from God.
Romans 3:23 ESV
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 6:23a ESV
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
When Paul says, “The Spirit of life,” What is he talking about? What spirit is Paul talking about?
He is talking about the human spirit. So:

“The body is dead because of sin, but the spirit [our human spirit] is life because of righteousness.”

Assurance

What do you think the word assurance means?
ASSURANCE, a-sho̅o̅rʹans: the joyous, unwavering confidence of an intelligent faith; the security of a fearless trust.
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the joyous, unwavering confidence of an intelligent faith; the security of a fearless trust.
Dwight M. Pratt, “Assurance,” ed. James Orr et al., The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia (Chicago: The Howard-Severance Company, 1915), 290.
Romans 8:11 ESV
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.
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According to this verse, what is the reason we don’t have to worry about God’s wrath?
We are safe because we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit.

4 Types of People

Not saved | Know they are not saved
Saved | Know they are saved
Saved | Unsure they are saved
Not saved | Think they are saved
People with false assurance.
Why do you think some people think they are saved and are not?
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There are two basic reasons why people have a false assurance of salvation.
a false understanding of what is necessary.
People who live a good life
a faulty evaluation of ourselves
We may know that salvation is in Jesus, BUT we haven’t actually “trusted” in Him.
Knowledge vs. heart
That is why are so important . Paul is showing us a picture of a true believer. Such a person is not controlled by the flesh (body). He is indwelt by the Spirit of God.

Led by The Spirit

Romans 8:12–13 ESV
12 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
Romans 8:12–14 ESV
12 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
According to these verses, how can we know we are saved?
romans 8:12-
A saved person is led by the Spirit.
What doe sit mean to be led by the Spirit?
There is nothing wrong with saying that God leads His people where He wants them to go. and into experiences that he wants them to experience, BUT that is not the primary biblical meaning of being led by the spirit.

To be led by the Spirit: Those who have a hunger and thirst for righteousness (what God desires)

Obedience to what God says

Sonship

When you hear the word Sonship, what do you think that means?
Those whose lead we follow.
Romans 8:15 ESV
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!”
Who are the Children of God?
God has one child.
John 3:16 ESV
16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Begotten:
and no one or nothing more besides
All the rest of His children are not naturally born children; they are adopted.
What is adoption?

the legal process by which a man might bring into his family, and endow with the status and privileges of a son, one who was not by nature his son or of his kindred.

the legal process by which a man might bring into his family, and endow with the status and privileges of a son, one who was not by nature his son or of his kindred.

Who are the children of God
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