For if you live after the flesh, you shall die: but if you through the Spirit do put to death the deeds of the body, you shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. Romans 8:13-14

This means that (if we are truly born-again) we were previously led by own flesh, by our own self, but now we are led by the Holy Spirit. This means there are only two kinds of life (existence): led by your flesh, or led by the Spirit. It is always either one or the other.

It means a monumental sea-change from being self-willed, to being led – from being one who refuses to be led, to one who cannot be anything other than led, who now refuses to be self-willed. Your identity now is no longer one of self-ruler, but of one who is led by another. And this is the nature of the sons of God, for those led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God.

Previously we were unwilling to be led by the Holy Spirit. We demanded that we should rule our own life and we were not willing to be led by anyone. Then Jesus shows up and we realize that if we don’t let Him lead us we will die, and we would miss out on the glory of knowing Him.

Led. Not self-willed. (For self-willed see Titus 1:7, 2 Peter 2:10 )

We would be careless if we didn’t note the context here of being led by the Spirit : It is that the Spirit leads us to put to death the sinful deeds of the body. He both leads and empowers this.

Therefore, the defining aspect, here, of whether one is led by the Spirit, and, therefore, whether one is a son of God or not, is whether they are led to put to death their sinful life – being led out of sin and into Christ’s character.

This is the primary meaning, before it means the guidance of the Spirit, which naturally follows, for if we are willing for Him to lead us out of every sin, then He will also give us guidance in all things, according to our faith.

In our text, being led by the Spirit is defined by being led out of sin into holiness.

One Response to “Led”

  1. Jesus Wins Says:

    Thank you for simplifying this! It makes sense.

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