Romans 8:14-15 (NIV) says that “those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship (adoption). And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.'”
Sometimes I have gotten this picture in my mind of the Spirit or Jesus way ahead of me leading the way saying, “Look this is the way it should be done,” and I am struggling alone over rocky ground to keep up and follow him. Or that he has given me a map or a set of instructions and I’m lost trying to figure out.
But the word “led” in this verse is the Greek word “agó” (ἄγω) which means to be taken along with, accompanied, attended personally, conducted, or led by laying hold of. So, he is not far ahead of me, nor have I been left alone to figure it out by myself, but he is right there with me all the way, holding my hand and accompanying me, even attending to me personally. In fact, Jesus said that He would give us a Friend or Counselor or Helper in the Holy Spirit.
But, the Greek word “agó” also includes the meaning of being brought to, or, led away to a court of justice – to the judge, and it is used many times this way in the New Testament. The Spirit is leading us to God, The Judge, and sometimes I am afraid to go with him because I am afraid of being judged, of not measuring up, of being rejected. But, that word above that means friend, counselor, or helper, is parakletos in Greek, which means called to one’s side or aid, advocate. Jesus is also called the Advocate (1 John 2:1). What is an advocate?
[An advocate is one who pleads the cause of another in court, the lawyer for the defense, counselor, friend at court]
Romans 8:14 says that if we are led by the Spirit of God – when we let him take our hands and lead us – we are sons and daughters of God. “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship (or adoption). And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.'” (see also Mark 14:36, Galatians 4:6) What does “abba” mean?
[Aramaic; a warm and informal term for Father; it denotes childlike intimacy and trust, not disrespect. In including the languages of both the Greeks and the Hebrews, God shows that all are accepted and adopted as children.]
And then later, “What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” Romans 8:31-34 (also Hebrews 7:25, Colossians 2:13-14) What does it mean to intercede?
[It means “to come between” or “to interpose on behalf of”; Moses stood between the people and the wrath of God (Numbers 16:42-45); Abraham interceded for Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 18: 22-32); Jesus did and does the same, asking God to look, not at our sins, but at his blood shed on the cross]
When it says “God is for us” it means in the Greek that he is over the top for us – on our behalf, for our sake, over and above, more than, more, beyond, exceeding, abundantly – it’s almost like the language, Greek or English, can’t quite contain or express the fullness of the meaning completely. So, don’t be afraid, take his hand and let him lead you. He is FOR you. He is over the top for you!! As the old song goes, “The Judge is in love with you.”
Lord Jesus, thank you that you are my Savior. Thank you that, by your blood shed when you died on the cross, you canceled the record that contained the charges against me, and took it and destroyed it by nailing it to your cross. Thank you that you are my Intercessor and Advocate always. Thank you that I am a child of God because of you. Take my hand and lead me.
This Bible study is taken from the blog The Judge is in Love with You