For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” Romans 8:15 ESV
By Grace, through faith in Christ, we may live free from all hopeless attempts to justify ourselves in God’s eyes; we may live free from all hopeless addiction to sin; and we may live free from all hopeless anxiety and fear. This final brief post on the theme of living under grace also comes from J. I. Packer…
Dr. Packer wrote: “Finally, the Christian living under grace is free from bondage to fear (Romans 8:15 ff.; cf. 1 John 4:17 f.) – fear, that is, of the unknown future, or of meeting God (as one day we all must do), or of being destroyed by hostile forces or horrific experiences of one sort or another. He knows himself to be God’s child, adopted, beloved, secure, with his inheritance awaiting him and eternal joy guaranteed.
“He knows that nothing can separate him from the love of God in Christ, nor dash him from his Saviour’s hand, and that nothing can happen to him which is not for his long-term good, making him more like Jesus and bringing him ultimately closer to his God.
“So when fears flood his soul, as they do the soul of every normal person from time to time, he drives them back by reminding himself of these things, moving to and fro within the sequence of thoughts which the honest, homespun Christian verse of John Newton put (in Newton’s original):
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved; …
Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
‘Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures.
Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess within the veil
A life of joy and peace.
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.
And how can fear stand in the face of that?”
From J. I. Packer in God’s Words.