LED BY THE SPIRIT
By Curtis Pugh
By Curtis Pugh
Romans 8:14 says: “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” While several other evidences of true son-ship are given in the Bible this one cannot be ignored. They are true sons who experience the leadership of the Holy Spirit in their lives. He is the Holy Spirit – not an unholy Spirit. He promotes holiness, leading the children of God in right paths. As the author of the Bible, He never leads contrary to the Scriptures.
There are two common Greek words translated sons: “teknon” which has to do with being a “born one.” But the word here is “huios” (pronounced “WHEE ohs”) which carries with it the idea of not only being a born one, but of also being in some measure like the parent. We say, He's the “spit and image” (actually spirit and image) of his father or grandfather, etc. The Holy Spirit is God and leads the born again one to grow in likeness to God: in godliness. He is also called “the Spirit of Christ” and leads one to be like Christ. Thus “...it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure,” (Philippians 2:13).
For the Holy Spirit to lead an individual, that person must first be indwelt by Him. “..Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his,” (Romans 8:9). This indwelling of the Spirit in the child of God begins at the new birth: the commencement of spiritual life in the experience of every child of God. Jesus likened the Spirit in his birth-work to the uncontrolled wind, saying, “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit,” (John 3:8).
This indwelling of the Holy Spirit who is the cause of the new birth is a sovereign act of God. That is, the new birth or regeneration is not something that a sinner brings to pass by anything that he does. Remember these words about those born from above: “Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God,” (John 1:13).
The Spirit of God leads to liberty for we read: “But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law,” (Galatians 5:18). In John 20:22 we read that Jesus' disciples received the Holy Spirit to indwell them. Prior to that time the Holy Spirit had come on men for service and had left them at His will. We read of Christ thus: “And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost.” Since that time this glorious privilege has been the reality experienced by those born again. Are you led by the Holy Spirit?
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Denham Springs, LA 70726