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The Sons of God Walk in the Spirit

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The Antithesis between Flesh and Spirit

Romans 8:12–17 NASB95
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. For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.
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We have an obligation live according to the flesh:
Romans 8:6 NASB95
For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,
Colossians 3:5 NASB95
Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.
The “For” indicates that when Paul uses the expression those who are led by the Spirit are the Sons of God he means those who are walking according to the Spirit and not according to the Flesh.
Galatians 5:18 NASB95
But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.
Galatians 3:26 NASB95
For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 4:5 NASB95
so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
Acts 5:32 NASB95
“And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.”
Witnesses

to provide confirming evidence by means of a testimony

Suffering
2 Timothy 3:12 NASB95
Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.

All Creation Longs for Restoration

Romans 8:18–25 NASB95
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.
Creation longs for the unveiling of the Son of God
Philippians 1:20 NASB95
according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.
1 Corinthians 1:7 NASB95
so that you are not lacking in any gift, awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Colossians 3:4 NASB95
When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.
1 Peter 1:7 NASB95
so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
Revelation 21:7 NASB95
“He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.

Creation was subjected to futility

Genesis 3:17–19 NASB95
Then to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’; Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you will eat of it All the days of your life. “Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; And you will eat the plants of the field; By the sweat of your face You will eat bread, Till you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust you shall return.”
Creation will be restored
Acts 3:21 NASB95
whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time.
A prophet like Moses
Deuteronomy 18:15 NASB95
“The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your countrymen, you shall listen to him.
Acts 7:37 NASB95
“This is the Moses who said to the sons of Israel, ‘God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brethren.’

We Groan in Anticipation of Our Adoption

Romans 8:22–25 NASB95
For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.
We groan ourselves, waiting eagerly for our redemption
2 Corinthians 5:2–5 NASB95
For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven, inasmuch as we, having put it on, will not be found naked. For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life. Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge.
2 Corinthians 5:2–4 NASB95
For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven, inasmuch as we, having put it on, will not be found naked. For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life.
Galatians 5:5 NASB95
For we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness.

We Hope

1 Thessalonians 5:8 NASB95
But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.
Titus 3:7 NASB95
so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
1 Peter 3:15 NASB95
but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;
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