“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.” – Romans 8:15
Jesus Christ is our sufficiency and we are complete in Him. There’s nothing we lack or are deficient of. This means that at this very moment, the whole of Christ, everything about Him has been fused together with you. How then do we have sons of God who live in fear?
So long as we interact with the outward world, fear will always attempt to access and infiltrate our lives. But if you understand what fear is and how it operates, you can gain ascendency over it and learn to live without being influenced by fear. Your manifest sonship implies that you live beyond mere humanity.
The Apostle Paul frequently makes use of dialectic within his teaching; he compares and contrasts. Romans 8:15 is an example this. Paul indicates to us what we have not received in the new creation race. In the resurrection of Jesus Christ, we were birthed as the new Man. We are not part of what perished at the cross. We came after that was concluded. We are bona fide, unprecedented, unparalleled, a species that has never previously existed.
Most believers in Christ either lack the knowledge or are ignorant of the fact that there are no needs in Christ which remain unmet. There is no such thing as the new man in Christ in need of a breakthrough. The new creation in Christ Jesus has no birth defect. You contain within you the genetic imprint of Jesus Christ. You are joined to the Lord and are one spirit with Him – even Him (1 Corinthians 6:17).
“But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption”. – 1 Corinthians 1:30
What Christ is made unto us is what we are. It is therefore vital to indicate from Paul’s teachings what has been dissociated with the new creation race. We have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear. The term “spirit”, translated from the Greek word “pneuma”, can be used in the Greek language in multiple contexts. It can either mean the person of the Holy Spirit, the human spirit, non-human entities such as angels; it could also refer to “wind” or “breath”, or to a vital principle – that which animates an opinion.
The “spirit of bondage” used in Romans 8:15 does not refer to an entity which brought people into bondage. When you look within the context of the text, you will realise that the Apostle Paul was distinguishing between the Old and the New, Law and the Gospel. He revealed that Israel feared Yahweh as a servant would a strong master. That was the administration of the Law and it produced bondage. They understood that if they did not fulfil the obligations to which they were bound under Law, they would be excluded. We have not received the vital principle which animated those who were at one time in servitude, with a do-to-be paradigm.
The Hidden Root of Fear
The sum of all fears has nothing to do with the external realms of our lives. There is a hermeneutical principle called the law of first mention. It states that the first time something is referred to within the Bible, its context should be taken into account when reading other passages that mention that same word. The first instance where the term “fear” is mentioned is in Genesis 3: 7-10. After Adam and his wife had partaken of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden and hid themselves. Adam’s response to God was that he was afraid when he heard God’s voice in the garden. This is the first reference of fear in all the Bible.
The hidden root of fear is that mental state of insecurity incited by a sense of separation from God along with its corresponding implications. Every other fear in your life is due to this unresolved issue. Until you address the root of fear, fear will always try to influence you. We have received the Spirit of placement into sonship. The “spirit of bondage again to fear” is opposed to the Spirit of sonship. You become afraid when you fail in certain circumstances to take your sonship into account.