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Rousas John Rushdoony Systematic Theology VI. 15

Rousas John Rushdoony Systematic Theology VI. 15


Rousas John Rushdoony

Systematic Theology, Volume I, Vallecito, California: Ross House Books, 1994, pp.293-372

1. The Giver of Life
2. The Spirit and the Kingdom
3. The Spirit of Jubilee
4. The Spirit and Bezaleel
5. Saul and the Spirit
6. The Spirit and Epistemology
7. The Spirit and the Incarnation
8. The Coming of the Spirit
9. The Presence of the Spirit
10. Power
11. The Unchanging Spirit
12. The Sin Against the Spirit
13. “The Communion of the Holy Ghost”
14. The Spirit and Authority
15. The Spirit of Adoption
16. The Spirit and the Resurrection
17. “Try the Spirits”
18. The Weak and the Strong
19. The Spirit, the Law, and Judgment
20. “Grieve Not the Holy Spirit of God”
21. “Quench Not the Spirit”
22. “I Will Not Leave You Orphans”
23. The Fruits of the Spirit


15. The Spirit of Adoption

 In Romans 8:15, we have an important statement concerning man and his relationship to the Spirit; “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.” In the verse preceding this, Romans 8:14, St. Paul makes clear that it is the Holy Spirit he is speaking about: “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Moreover, in the preceding verses, Romans 8:1-13, Paul makes clear that there are, at the very least, two kinds of influences at work on man, if not two kinds of powers and spirits. (p.342)

 At this point, modern man has a problem. For him, the real world is the material world, and anything that can be called a “spirit,” from a ghost, or a demon, or some such being, to the Holy Spirit, is to some degree seen as vague and unreal. The real world is seen as the world of man; all things non-physical are suspect, and are seen as aspects of the life of man, not as supernatural and objective realities. Whereas Scripture tells us that all things live, and move, and have their being in God (Acts 17:28), modern thinking would have it, after Kant, that all things live, and move, and have their being in man. Hence, “the spirit of bondage” and “the Spirit of adoption” are seen by some as aspects of the life of man. (p.342)