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Daily Devotional

A Word of Warning
Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
Ah, if I am none of His, whose am I?
C. H. Spurgeon
Sobering and striking words! Sobering because they deal with that relationship with Christ that determines our eternal destiny. Striking because of their appearance in this eighth chapter of Romans, a chapter devoted to assuring Gods people of their standing in Christ. Why in the midst of such a comforting chapter does Paul introduce such a disconcerting statement? Because there will always be people who would take the comfort of this passage without first having taken the Christ of this passage. It is a word of warning to professing Christians.

If any man . . . It matters not your pedigree. You may come from a long line of godly people, but unless you possess the Spirit of Christ, you are none of His. Nor does a mere profession of faith make you Gods child. Paul here speaks of possessing Christs Spirit, not a profession of such. Walking an aisle, being baptized, or shedding tears has never saved a soul from hell. Once more, if any man, regardless of the persuasion of others, has not the Holy Spirit, he is lost. Do not go out into eternity resting on your reputation with others!

When a sinner is born again, he receives the life of Christ, a life that makes him a new creature. And what are the evidences of the indwelling Spirit? Paul tells us that as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God (v. 14). But led where? First, led to Christ. Your desires and interest will be turned from the world to the Saviour. You will be led to pray. Christs own have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father (v. 15). Last, you will be led into obedience to Christ. Those who possess the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body (v. 13) because Christs Spirit will gradually change them into His likeness.

Have you the Spirit of Christ? What a dreadful thing it would be to be none of His. Rest not until you have cast away all dependence upon self and cast your soul upon Christ.
Daily devotions are from the book "Eagle's Wings" published by the Free Presbyterian Church.
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