Reflections

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. (Rom. 8:14)

The Greek word translated, “led,” and the context of this verse in Romans 8, makes it clear that Paul is not talking about LEADINGS. Rather, the children of God are ones who are GOVERNED by the Spirit of God.

This means more than simply being, “led by God.” It would be a rather shallow Christian life if all God did was give us LEADINGS. Rather than simply give us leadings, God gives us Christ. He is seeking to form Christ IN US. If we come into a inner knowledge and realization of the Christ who is in us, we will not only be governed by Him, but we will be able to discern what is of Him.

Many of us want God to speak His mind to us. But God wants us to HAVE His mind. (Phil. 2:5) This is not simply a matter of knowing what to do. Rather, it is a matter of having God’s goals, attitude, and purpose IN what we do. This is possible only if we know CHRIST — in an inward way.

God can speak to us anytime He sees the necessity. But primarily in this age, God is speaking to us IN HIS SON. (Heb. 1:1-2) In other words, the inward revelation of Jesus Christ is the, “language,” in which God is speaking to believers. If we SEE JESUS and HEAR this revelation — we will most often know the will of God.

Jesus Christ is the Living Word. He is the Truth. He is the Way. God doesn’t want sons and daughters who claim they are LED by God to do this or that — all the while we otherwise walk in darkness — all the while we are ignorant or in error regarding His Son. We are to be GOVERNED by the spirit — the spirit of Truth, which is the spirit of Christ. “He that is joined to the Lord is one spirit with HIm.” (I Cor. 6:17)