Romans & Galatians
Azusa Pacific University
Dr. Kathryn Smith
May 2, 2002
"Romans 8:14-39"

I.   The Work of the Spirit
A.   The Creation Groans (8:19-23)
1.   The theme of adoption and the Spirit - we'll see it again in Galatians
a.   Full benefits of adoption are future for Paul
2.   Romans 8:14-15: Abba! Father!
3.   Compare Galatians 3 - On what basis did you receive the spirit?
a.   The spirit is the down payment on the promises for the future
b.   The spirit is the evidence that God is not going to go back on us
II.   We're Not There Yet
A.   Who is included
B.   Full benefits of adoption are in the future
C.   No full actualization of their hopes
D.   Result - suffering
1.   Jewish-Gentile tensions continue
2.   No full validation yet for Gentiles
3.   Groans for a full reconciliation for all God's children
4.   The Spirit is what keeps us going in hope
III.   The Final Hymn (8:28-38)
A.   Hardship and suffering go hand in hand with heirship
B.   The hope is strong in his heart
C.   Rests firmly in God's providence
D.   Romans 8:31 - What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us?