Meditation Commentary on Romans 8:13-16


13For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” 16The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.


In verse 13 of this passage, we find that the Holy Spirit is a weapon. If we are unchanged by the Holy Spirit of God, we will perish. What are the “deeds of the body” that are spoken of in this verse? We find a clear list laid out for us in Colossians 3:5, which says, “Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” By the power of the Holy Spirit, we can overcome these human drives. The Holy Spirit’s power over sin is expressed by the Greek word “thanatoo,” which literally means to “mortify” or “to kill.” It is impossible for us, through our own power, to suppress sin. However, God has given us His Holy Spirit, which acts as a mighty weapon with which we can crush sin’s malicious power.

As we continue to read, we are assured that we are children of God. In order to become one of God’s children, we must submit to God’s leading. If one does not have a humble spirit and surrender him or herself, it is impossible for that person to be led. When we come to a point of surrender to God, we see in Acts 1:8 that we are empowered: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Because we are children of our Lord, God is our loving Father. As His children, we are not bound to fear. Just as a father or mother is keen to the cry of his or her child, so is our Heavenly Father to us. We have assurance that He will be there to comfort and uplift us when we cry to Him.

We are assured of our kinship in Christ, because the Holy Spirit is a witness. How comforting it is to know that if one is surrendered to God and his ways, there is assurance of Salvation!


By Zachary Childers