Summary: Prayer, rescue, knowledge
THE SPIRIT WHO INTERCEEDS
Romans 8: 26-27 (p800) February 17, 2013
Anyone here ever have to depend on someone else for something? I know that’s almost a rhetorical question, because all of us have!
But think about a time where you were sick…or injured…or had just gone through surgery… (I’ve got a bunch of those memories in my internal filing systems)
The time I remember being physically the weakest was before my back fusion surgery…I’d taken epidural shots for 3 years, they’d helped for a while, and then they stopped helping…I spent a week in the Old Methodist Hospital having spasms and intense pain…the only option I had back then was surgery…but I couldn’t walk, couldn’t sit, couldn’t stand…if I wanted to get somewhere I tried to crawl…
If I wanted to let someone had to fix it or get it for me… If I wanted coffee the same thing, if I needed a book, across the room I needed help to retrieve it…It was the one time in my stubborn, self sufficient life that I could not do what I wanted to do without someone helping me…
I think of what time in my life when I consider our text today and the disruption the Apostle Paul gives of the Holy spirit…it even starts out…
“In the same way, the Holy spirit helps us in our weakness.”
Last week we talked about suffering ...and what it has to do with our glorious inheritance…this world is decaying…it sinful…our bodies are temporary like “jars of clay”…Because those things are true, life will bring its share of troubles, scars, and trials….Jesus clothed himself with the same temporary flesh, so he truly understands…
And there is also suffering because you are a servant of Christ…your step into the world, you lift up the middle rope and enter the ring as a spirit-led child God, by intentionally doing this…it’s not if you get hit…its when…
This truth…it’s the inescapable reality….it’s what causes the born again Spirit filled follower of Jesus to hope for a future glory…Those of us who seek to live Christ-directed lives long for a face to face meeting….”we wait eagerly for our adoption as Sons…the redemption of our bodies for in this hope we were saved, but hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has. But if we hope for what we do not have, we wait for it patiently. (v 24, 25)
And just as I depended on Kari to be my helper during the weakest times in my life….Paul says…in the same way!
I THE HOLY SPIRIT HELPS US IN OUR WEAKNESS
There are several words that jump out in that sentence…but the two that hit me are…”VS” and “OUR”
The Apostle Paul creates a “team”, if you will in this sentence…On the back of our uniforms’ names it’s… “Heirs”…it’s also on the back of Paul’s uniform…in fact its written on the back of every individual who has answered the call of God to be born again, to die to self, to be resurrected by the Spirit of life…He signs the contract…it’s official…Jesus is our coach, but Paul, Rick, Jeff, Josh…you face this opponent together…It’s not “I” it’s not “me” it’s not “Mine”…its “US” It’s “OUR”