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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
Here it speaks of Christ as God's Son: " ... that he might be
thefirstborn
among many brethren" (Rom. 8:29). Humans, having
God's Holy Spirit are
heirs
of God and joint heirs with Christ -
who, alone of all humans, has already been born as God's Son by
a resurrection from the dead (Rom. 1:4). He is the
FIRST
of the
human family to be born into the Family of God - the Kingdom
of God. He is our pioneer who has gone on before. We shall fol–
low at the resurrection of the just at Christ's return to earth in su–
preme power and glory.
This eighth book ofRomans, verse 9, says ifwe have within us the
Holy SpiritofGod we are His begotten sons, but ifwe do not have His
Spirit we are none of His - not Christians at all. But verse 11 says that
ifwe have God's Holy Spirit growing within and leading us we shall
be raised from the dead by His Spirit- (or if living when Christ
comes we shall be changed from mortal to immortal).
Now continue: "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God,
they are the sons of God.... The Spirit itself beareth witness with
our spirit, that we are the children of God: and if children, then
heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ, if so be that we [in
this life) suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
For 1 reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy
to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us ..."
(Romans 8: 14-18).
Continue, Revised Standard Version: "For the creation waits
with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God; for the
creation [al! the suns, planets, stars, moons] was subjected to futil–
ity, not of its own will but by the will of him who subjected it in
hope; because the creation itself will be set free from its bondage
to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God.
We know that the whole creation [stars. suns, and moons now in
decay and futility] has been groaning in travail together until now;
and not only the creation but we ourselves [we Spirit-begotten
humans], who have the first fruits of the Spirit [the very
FEW
now
being called to salvation - the "firstfruits"] groan inwardly as we
wait for the
[birth)
as sons" (verse 19-23).
What an amazing marvelous revelation of knowledge!
No more amazing, awesome, eye-opening passage could be
written!