Deliverance from the Spirit of Rejection
“If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not glorified,” (Jn. 7: 37,38).
The spirit of adoption, a son ship with God: to attest that son ship; how great the force of faith is. The Greek word signifies a fixing or wavering of mind, so that we cannot tell which way to take. We know by the Spirit of God that we are sons of God.
“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,” (Rom. 8:15).
“And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption to writ, the redemption of our body,” (Rom. 8:23).
- All this was through faith.
- Consequently, from the beginning God had purposed that salvation should be through faith.
God never expected that any soul of man should be justified by the works of the law. This gave that law only that the exceeding sinfulness of sin might appear. That man might be prepared to welcome the gospel, which proclaimed Salvation to a lost world through the atoning death of Christ.