“and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him” (Romans 8:17).

Just as the work of the Spirit accomplishes for believers a transformed identity (vs. 15-16), he is also inspiring and empowering us to a transformed behavior. For the followers of Christ, faith is never just a set of doctrinal beliefs to be affirmed, but convictions to be practiced and lived out. Regarding the work of the Spirit, Paul’s emphasis isn’t upon ecstatic manifestations but, rather, the fruit being borne out of one’s life (Gal.5:22-23). The destined always live differently.

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