Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 5
Spirit helps with overcoming sin and dealing with pain.
Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Debtors—obligated to, owe dues to. Deeds of flesh—habitual actions, evil actions, desires, thoughts. Mortify—kill, destroy. Led by Spirit—Spirit leads into righteousness and we follow, those who do this are sons of God.
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
Spirit bondage adoption—mindset of fear and burden; Spirit leads to fatherly relationship with God. Cry—scream literally a bird call, like a raven’s croak. Abba Father—Aramaic and Hebrew terms, not daddy, Jew and Gentile term. Bears witness with—corroborate, joint testimony,
If so be—provided that we suffer with Him. Joining with Christ means joining with everything Christ did.
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
Reckon—count as part of inventory, used a lot in Romans 4. You must suffer with Him to be part of His glory, but the glory will be great, so don’t fear the suffering.
Earnest expectation—intense, anxious and persistent anticipation, straining forward. Waiteth—a sighing bondage waiting.
Not willingly—wasn’t creation’s idea nor doing. It didn’t do the sin, Adam did. With God’s sentence on Adam’s sin also came promise of deliverance. Creation has been waiting for it ever since.
Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
Delivered—liberated, creation is not destroyed but delivered. Glorious liberty—excellent state of redemption, the liberty that comes with the glorified state, free from bondage of decay. Groans together—a joint groaning, a chorus of groans. Travaileth—the pains of childbirth until redemption comes.
Firstfruit—Spirit is first part of God’s promises being delivered. Spirit does not free you from suffering while here. Redemption—soul has been redeemed already, just waiting for the full body to be delivered.
For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
Saved by hope—salvation is not fully ours yet as our body still groans. Full salvation is in the future, at resurrection, when we receive a glorified body. Patient waiting is the fitting attitude of this present time.