28. A Spirit-led Person

Romans 1-8 Meditations No.28: A Spirit-led person

Rom 8:14 those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.”

We have moved on from the basics in the earlier chapters of how God has dealt with our sin, to how He has provided for us so that we can live out the holy, God-led life He has called us to. I wonder if you have ever noticed the difference between the disciples in the Gospel and the apostles in the Acts. The same men but very different.

There are, I suggest, three major differences.

First, and most obviously, Jesus is no longer with them in the flesh. He had ascended back to heaven and left them alone (Acts 1:9), and it is clear by the way they retreat to the upper room and stay there, they are not only being obedient to Jesus’ instruction to wait (Acts 1:4) but they were very much aware that it is now down to them. Peter, taking his natural role as leader, starts the process of getting the number of the sent apostles back up to twelve, after having lost Judas (Acts 1:15-22).

Second, and this becomes obvious by the events on the day of Pentecost, they are now Spirit-empowered and, equally importantly – and this is part of what our present verse is about – they are led by the prompting of that same Spirit, so they speak out, they perform healings and signs and wonder – AS they are LED by the Spirit. This is completely different from when they were mere disciples ‘tagging along behind Jesus’, just doing what he told them to do.

Third, they have a new confidence that is Spirit-inspired that, I suggest, comes from this sense of being ‘led’ or inspired. They have, if you like, a new sense of identity. They don’t refer to it in those days, but it is what Paul says here, and the apostle John points out in his Gospel (Jn 1:12,13) and his first letter (1 Jn 3:1), they are children of God, loved by the Father, sent by Jesus and now empowered by the Spirit. No longer are they pushed around by the whims and fancies of the religious leaders of the day (see Acts 4:5-12, 18-20).

One of the difficulties of the young believer is believing this truth – we are ALL led by the Spirit of God. Much of the time we may not be aware of it, but those thoughts, ideas, promptings, nudges, that we hardly notice, but which lead us to say or do things which bring blessing (again which we either take for granted or simply miss), you know where there come from? Him! Oh yes, and that’s just another of those things that indicate we are the child of God we’ve just referred to (1 Jn 3:1) with a unique relationship with the Trinity. Unique? Of course, you’re so special you’ll have your own experience of them, they indwell YOU.  Awesome! Trinity? Well yes, we’ve being referring to The Spirit but He is the Spirit of Jesus (Acts 16:7), the Spirit of God (1 Cor 6:11, 12:3). Wow!

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