© Carlos Padilla, September 2019


Do we have the Spirit? - Romans 8:14-25

14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “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 joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labours with birth pangs together until now. 23 Not only that, but we also who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. 24 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.


If we let the Spirit of God guide us, He will give us testimony that we are children of God.

As I write these lines, the 50th Anniversary of the man landing on the moon is celebrated; a year after my family changed its destiny when moving. But let’s focus in this story because the pioneer spirit that took several space missions, one of them, the Apollo 11 on the 16th of July 1969 would be the one to carry three astronauts, Neil Armstrong, who stepped the moon first, Buzz Aldrin, the second, and Michael Collins the pilot who had to remain orbiting the moon. When I visited Cape Canaveral, also known as Cape Kennedy, to honour the president who managed to have NASA begin the program Apollo, I could see close by the immensity of the platforms, the hangars, installations, rockets, etc. That place emanated the grandness of those who had the primacy of having been to the moon. I also learned that one of the astronauts, Buzz Aldrin was a Christian and celebrated Holy Supper in the lunar module, something that NASA keep secret for years. He was the first man to celebrate communion in the moon; I do not know if he has been the only one.

Paul tells that we are privileged as we will travel to eternity with God if we have the Spirit. This is what he was telling roman Christians, both Jewish and gentile, the same which applies to us today. But the key is knowing if we have the Spirit to go to that trip and be able to be trained for it here and now, and train others. Roman Christians were exhorted to analyze themselves, and so must we. Paul says that all of us believers can know this because the Spirit testifies to our spirit that we are children of God, and also that confirms to us that we are children, and if children heirs who have, here on earth the first fruits of the Spirit. We can also live with Him until the desired trip to the new world comes to pass, where like Armstrong and Aldrin we will lay or foot on the paradise of God. They were chosen year before, trained and prepared to become astronauts and go to the moon. Paul trained Christians to be prepared to train others and also to be ready to travel with Jesus Christ at His return. This way, we could see the Church, both that of Rome as ours today, like NASA, but with the big difference that the program of the kingdom of God will never stop preparing believers for the great trip, because the Spirit and the love of God guides it and never runs out of resources. The suffering and opposition of which Paul talks in v. 18 is not related with something needed for salvation or justice, but exclusively with the opposition of the world, the flesh and the enemy, who try by all means to avoid it, and as we, all creation awaits the manifestation of the children of God in the new creation, which we all await with patience and hope, but convinced, with faith.

(8:14-17) A direct benefit is the practical direction of God daily, although v. 14 is used to support that the Spirit tells or gives us signs in each decision we have to take, this is not the focus of Paul but something more profound because we are children of God, because the Holy Spirit is a gift, not a dictator. To be guided comes from the verb (gr. ago, from it agontai), which is key to knowing if one is a son of God: Am I being guided by the Holy Spirit, according to the Word? May I see this in my life, and in what way does it look like the one of Christ and the apostles? The sad thing is yes, He guides us, but the majority decide their own way making Him sad. The second benefit is greater, it provides us intimacy with God without fear because we are free and God has bought us from our slavery; the payment has been His Son Jesus Christ. Instead of being our master, He does not salve us, He has become our “Abba” daddy, this is the type of treat and loving intimacy with which our Father now embraces us in Christ. An amazing thing to think about intimacy with our Almighty Creator of the Universe. A great verse 15, but 16 gives us a third benefit in the security that we belong to God, and the Spirit says that “you are my beloved child”. A forth benefit is in 17 reminds us our value for God, we are adopted heirs, coheirs with Christ. Therefore, life in the Spirit is more what He does in us than what we may do, but the flesh does not like that because it does not want to lose control; what He demands from us is: Nothing. But there is a contrast that we find in V. 17 which is that if we live in the Spirit and coheir, we will also suffer together with Christ, as He suffered but must not understand this suffering (gr. sumpaschomen) as something heroic or of our merit that achieves salvation.

(8:18-25) confronts us to present afflictions which cannot be compared with the glory to come and that will be revealed apokalupsis (where apocalypses comes from), something that even creation desires v. 19 which is compared to giving birth and its pains, until the perfect comes; a hope so great that gives us strength every day. The word pathemata is suffering, but at the end we will see our glorification, third and last part of our salvation in the perfect. Creation is also attached to vanity, but like us is waiting the new season that will take away evil and death, and groans at once with us, which gives us four acts in vs. 19-22: the groaning of creation is temporary; is a consequence of sin; is a path to a purpose, and it is universal, Swindoll says. V. 23 reveals that not only creation, but we will be transformed, which takes us to (1 Ts. 4:13-18) in the rapture when we receive the immortal bodies (these letter were sent to all churches with the purpose that all will receive complete explanation of all doctrines) for knowledge and hope of the entire church in the world. Hope is a new term that Paul brings (gr.elpis) and it refers to the safe expectation of our future (5:2-5). The firstfruits are the part that we have received from salvation, which are a gift, so therefore we do not only have the suffering, but those firstfruits are part of the expectation of our future. First fruits that remind us of those offered to God at the beginning of the harvest, after having ploughed, sowed the seed, watered and looked after through faith for seeing the fruit, which when it appears the first time is cause of celebration, the same as believers, like the Romans and us today, when believing are cause of celebration.

We conclude that the roman brothers were being persecuted for their faith under the Roman Empire that, together with the Jews were being persecuted. There end is known to us but many survived building one of the largest Christian communities until the division of the empire and accepting of Christianity as official religion from Constantinople. Hebrews 5:8 –Paul reminds– teaches that Christ Himself learned the obedience and reached the suffering of the Cross. Paul continued in the same way. This way, the Church will be persecuted until the end, but our hope is greater. The Romans, and the other churches of other areas of the empire shared the letters to complete all the doctrines in writing; we have the big privilege of having them all in one only book: The Bible, which is our complete guide of life. The images of planet Earth that the astronauts could see from the lunar surface and from space ships were given to all of us in the world, images that were giving a new vision of Creation and the beauty of the planet sustained in space that was holding millions of living souls. Those images from so far away were giving a sensation of pureness and innocence, a great contrast with the real society and social injustice. The hope of a new creation (2 P. 3:7-18) will bring with it the true image of perfection of the plan of creation of God and will share it with His church. The hope of which Paul was talking to the Romans in the midst of tribulation, is the same to which today we must anchor our faith in the midst of tribulation or suffering that we may live, if the will of God so allows. The hope that we have of the new kingdom not only will bring justice, but will take away wars, hunger and all suffering, and to environmental level will end pollution and the death of the planet and animal species. But the first fruits that are us in Christ are cause of celebration and this way any brother in Christ should be appreciated by us as celebration of the fruit, like the first fruits of the work of God through His church.

You may read the first part at: Walking in the Spirit...

It will continue with the third and last part: The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Believer.



  • For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Prophecy of Isaiah 9:6.

  • I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6. Words of Yahshua - Jesus Christ.
  • You want to know God, but you know the way is not through organized religion, nor by sects, nor by society. The world has failed. ...I pray for them;  I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours... John 17:9. Prayer of Yahshua - Jesus Christ.

  • If you really seek God, begin today the new life though the true hand of God. The Gospel is the message for all nations, no matter their race, their origins or culture. God is the saviour of those from humanity who open their hearts to Him.

  • ...Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.  1Corinthians 15:58.

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