Pentecost 2017 – The Spirit of Sonship

On this Pentecost Sunday 2017 we remember and celebrate our risen and ascended Lord’s wondrous gift of the Holy Spirit to His people, the Spirit of the Father and of the Son, the Spirit of our own personal, saving sonship.

Communion_with_God-HHFor our meditation on this wonder of grace, by which we receive all the blessings of Jesus Christ, we consider these thoughts of Herman Hoeksema from a meditation of his on Romans 8:15-16 –

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

The meditation is found in the book Communion with God (RFPA, 2011, edited by David J. Engelsma), chapter 14, “Spirit of Sonship.”

For it is not only by adoption that we become children of God. In fact, it would be impossible to lay hold on this blessed adoption, or even to long for it and to rejoice in its possession and assurance, if God did not also bestow upon us and work within us the wonder of grace whereby we are born of him, his image is restored within us, and we becomes sons of God in spiritual reality. He realizes the adoption in our hearts by making us partakers of his nature.

By nature we are not only devoid of the right to be called children of God and to dwell in his house, but we are also enemies of God, minding the things of the flesh, loving the darkness rather than the light. We care not to dwell in God’s house. Far from him we wander and seek the good foolishly.

But he reaches out into our hearts, removes the darkness, roots out the enmity, enlightens the mind, changes the refractory will, instills into our hearts a new life, the life of the risen Lord, assures us of his love, and causes us to love him, to love his precepts, to love the brethren, to long for his fellowship, and to seek to be pleasing to him.

It is also the consciousness of this real, spiritual sonship, of this love to God and to one another, of this longing for his favor and fellowship, that is expressed in the cry Abba, Father! [pp.103-104]

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