12 Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do.
13 For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live.
14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.
Romans 8:12-14 (NLT)
Welcome to my study of Romans 8. This article is a part of the series on Romans 8.
Verse 12-13 summarizes the message from the earlier verses. As Christians, we do not sin because we don’t want to and not because we are prohibited to. We have the right to choose. We have no obligation to do what our sinful nature urges us to do. We are free to choose to reject sin. However, the freedom to reject sin must also include the freedom to live in sin or this is not freedom at all. It is like telling a prison inmate that he is free because he can move within the walls of his prison cell. So, as Christians we also have the freedom to make sin our lifestyle. Why shouldn’t we do that?
Verse 13 tells us that if we choose sin, we will die. Sin will result in death just like nicotine in the cigarettes will result in lung cancer and the consumption of alcohol will cause liver damage. We Christians want to live long, prosperous and healthy lives. Therefore sin has no place in our lives. The moment we believed in Jesus as our savior, the power of the Spirit had put to death the deeds of your sinful nature. Our eternal lives had begun.
Verse 14 tells us that all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. Please note that it did not say all who are WILLING to be led by the Spirit of God are children of God. This means all Christians are children of God including Christians who are currently rebellious. Being the children of God is our new identity and not a reward given for following certain task. In other words, it is not earned. As Christians, we are the children of God regardless of our actions.
I remember when I presented myself as the son of God, one religious guy reminded me that we are the children of God and not the sons of God. Can you see how perverse can religious people can be? Don’t they know simple English? The term “children” is plural. “Child” is singular. A male child is a son. A female child is a daughter. If you are a child of God, you are also a son or daughter of God depending on your gender. In fact King James Version is more direct.
14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Romans 8:14 (KJV)
So, do not be shy or afraid to identify yourself as the son or daughter of God. As for me, I find it more effective for my faith when I call myself the son of God, instead of the child of God. When I call myself the son of God, I see myself to be as powerful as Jesus. After all, we Christians are co-heir of Christ. Being co-heir means we share in everything Jesus has. This means we have his prosperity, health and success.
Ask yourself these questions:
How rich is Jesus now? This is how rich we shall be.
How healthy is Jesus now? This is how healthy we shall be.
How successful is Jesus now? This is how successful we shall be.
We are the sons/ daughters of God.