Romans 8:23, 25 NIV 2011
Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
Chapter eight ended Paul’s statement regarding sanctification. He cautioned the church that suffering was inevitable. Though only temporary, it differs from the ever-present gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit indwells believers as evidence of their salvation and the promise of resurrection is the future they received as an inheritance. Exodus 23:19, “Bring the best of the firstfruits of your soil to the house of the Lord your God.” By offering God the best, believers receive His best: The Holy Spirit. Waiting patiently follows the powerful work of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit provides believers the power to live holy lives.
Living a holy life is and always will be what leads to sanctification. Just when I think I’m doing a decent job, upon reflection, I’m aware of all the ways I fail. As a sinner He keeps me mindful of all the areas of sin in my life. Knowing His great commission offered in Matthew 28:19-20, I am aware He is with me. I also know I fall short and sometimes don’t measure up. The Holy Spirit enables me to live a holy life.
How does the Holy Spirit provide power?
Daily waiting patiently together,