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Romans 8:14 - For...Next

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For as many as are led by the Spirit, etc. - No man who has not Divine assistance can either find the way to heaven, or walk in it when found. As Christ, by his sacrificial offering, has opened the kingdom of God to all believers; and, as a mediator, transacts the concerns of their kingdom before the throne; so the Spirit of God is the great agent here below, to enlighten, quicken, strengthen, and guide the true disciples of Christ; and all that are born of this Spirit are led and guided by it; and none can pretend to be the children of God who are not thus guided. (Dr. Adam Clarke)

For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. (NASB)

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. (KJV)

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. (NLT)

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. (NET)

Here is a great FOR…NEXT statement.  All who are led (presumes that there are indeed followers).  The followers must then recognize whom it is they follow.  Since we live in an age when even the saints will be deceived one should consider with great care what is deemed of the Spirit lest deception have its way and we unknowingly become the offspring of sin and death.  There was a segment on National Geographic that told a tale of Christian nudists.  The naked and unvarnished truth was nowhere to be found in the beliefs to which they ascribed (pun intended).  Nevertheless, they are deceived still!  Not all excursions into deception are as patently obvious.  A short sojourn in church history will glean a navigational chart replete with a constant drift until the culture inside the church obfuscates her former glory.  We too quickly focus on the NEXT, "are the children of God," without recognizing our duties as followers. I am sure the folks of Jonestown could not foresee of the day when they would be partakers of Guyana grape juice however, many died deceived.  We have a wonderful navigational chart that has been preserved for us (at no small cost) that we may test every leading.  The Bible remains the standard by which all things are measured.  When I offer the Philippian quote, the question most often offered is, "What is truth?"  But that is not what it says!  Whatever is true, is that which is not crooked!  About 30 seconds at the Lowe's lumber pile will become enlightening as you gaze down the length of an eight foot long board.  The untrained human eye can distinguish distances smaller than one quarter of an inch.  Imagine the trained eye of a master carpenter assessing the work of his hands.  Will he not see even the slightest of imperfection?  To be led by the Spirit is not a mindless meandering nor is it necessarily the shortest distance between two points.  It is however, a constant reckoning!

Col 1:23  But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it.  Don't drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News.

Heb 2:1  So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it.

Phil 4:8  And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Isa 53:6  All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.  We have left God's paths to follow our own.  Yet the LORD laid on Him the sins of us all.

Eph 5:9  For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.

Rom 8:14  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God,.... Not by the spirit of the world, or of the devil, or by their own spirits: the act of leading ascribed to the Spirit is either in allusion to the leading of blind persons, or such who are in the dark; or rather to the leading of children and teaching them to go; which supposes life in those that are led, and some degree of strength, though a good deal of weakness; and is a display of powerful and efficacious grace, and is always for their good: the Spirit of God leads them from sin, and from a dependence on their own righteousness, in paths they formerly knew not, and in which they should go, in the paths of faith and truth, of righteousness and holiness, and in a right, though sometimes a rough way; he leads them to the person, blood, and righteousness of Christ, and to the fulness of grace in him; into the presence of God, to the house and ordinances of God; into the truths of the Gospel, from one degree of grace to another, and at last to glory; which he does gradually, by little and little he leads them to see the iniquity of their hearts and natures, to lay hold on Christ and salvation by him, into the doctrines of grace, and the love and favour of God, and proportionally to the strength he gives. (Dr. John Gill)

For as many as are led by the Spirit, etc. - No man who has not Divine assistance can either find the way to heaven, or walk in it when found. As Christ, by his sacrificial offering, has opened the kingdom of God to all believers; and, as a mediator, transacts the concerns of their kingdom before the throne; so the Spirit of God is the great agent here below, to enlighten, quicken, strengthen, and guide the true disciples of Christ; and all that are born of this Spirit are led and guided by it; and none can pretend to be the children of God who are not thus guided. (Dr. Adam Clarke)

For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. (NASB)

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. (KJV)

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. (NLT)

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. (NET)

Here is a great FOR…NEXT statement.  All who are led (presumes that there are indeed followers).  The followers must then recognize whom it is they follow.  Since we live in an age when even the saints will be deceived one should consider with great care what is deemed of the Spirit lest deception have its way and we unknowingly become the offspring of sin and death.  There was a segment on National Geographic that told a tale of Christian nudists.  The naked and unvarnished truth was nowhere to be found in the beliefs to which they ascribed (pun intended).  Nevertheless, they are deceived still!  Not all excursions into deception are as patently obvious.  A short sojourn in church history will glean a navigational chart replete with a constant drift until the culture inside the church obfuscates her former glory.  We too quickly focus on the NEXT, "are the children of God," without recognizing our duties as followers. I am sure the folks of Jonestown could not foresee of the day when they would be partakers of Guyana grape juice however, many died deceived.  We have a wonderful navigational chart that has been preserved for us (at no small cost) that we may test every leading.  The Bible remains the standard by which all things are measured.  When I offer the Philippian quote, the question most often offered is, "What is truth?"  But that is not what it says!  Whatever is true, is that which is not crooked!  About 30 seconds at the Lowe's lumber pile will become enlightening as you gaze down the length of an eight foot long board.  The untrained human eye can distinguish distances smaller than one quarter of an inch.  Imagine the trained eye of a master carpenter assessing the work of his hands.  Will he not see even the slightest of imperfection?  To be led by the Spirit is not a mindless meandering nor is it necessarily the shortest distance between two points.  It is however, a constant reckoning!

Col 1:23  But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it.  Don't drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News.

Heb 2:1  So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it.

Phil 4:8  And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Isa 53:6  All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.  We have left God's paths to follow our own.  Yet the LORD laid on Him the sins of us all.

Eph 5:9  For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.

Rom 8:14  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God,.... Not by the spirit of the world, or of the devil, or by their own spirits: the act of leading ascribed to the Spirit is either in allusion to the leading of blind persons, or such who are in the dark; or rather to the leading of children and teaching them to go; which supposes life in those that are led, and some degree of strength, though a good deal of weakness; and is a display of powerful and efficacious grace, and is always for their good: the Spirit of God leads them from sin, and from a dependence on their own righteousness, in paths they formerly knew not, and in which they should go, in the paths of faith and truth, of righteousness and holiness, and in a right, though sometimes a rough way; he leads them to the person, blood, and righteousness of Christ, and to the fulness of grace in him; into the presence of God, to the house and ordinances of God; into the truths of the Gospel, from one degree of grace to another, and at last to glory; which he does gradually, by little and little he leads them to see the iniquity of their hearts and natures, to lay hold on Christ and salvation by him, into the doctrines of grace, and the love and favour of God, and proportionally to the strength he gives. (Dr. John Gill)



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