CHILDREN OF SPIRIT VERSUS CHILDREN OF THE
Romans 9:8, 11-13
8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.
11 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.
Genesis 25:27 ...and Jacob [was] a plain man, dwelling in tents.
Again, we visit the
Supreme fact that the purpose of God according to
election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth. Jacob’s brother, Esau, was divinely used in Scripture to show us the self-destruction and futile effort of the carnal man in relation to pleasing God. Jacob, on the other hand, is divinely used to show how the flesh can be overcome in the power of the Spirit.
plain man. The word plain is the same as “perfect” used of Job. Job Chapter One describes Job as a man perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. He speaks to the renewed
spirit. God is spirit (John 4:24). The seed was called in Isaac (Romans 9:7), and the seed is Christ (Galatians 3:16). Jacob is the one that God loved (Malachi 1:2).
But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.
Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his(Romans 8:9). Jacob, later called Israel or God prevails, (Genesis 32:28), speaks to the heavenly.
1 Corinthians 15:48 ... and as [is] the heavenly, such [are] they also that are heavenly.
1 Corinthians 15:49 ...we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
John 3:6 ... and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Christ Jesus has been made unto us all that we need to overcome. What grace we have in that all we need to do is abide in Him Who has already overcome the evil one. Christ is wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption to all who believe (I Corinthians 1:30). Each believer is a plain man or perfect and upright in Him. Fear God and refuse evil! His Holy Spirit will lead, teach, and equip just for the asking!