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March 21, 2023

The Spirit, in Like Manner, Joining In

Rom 8:23 And not only so, but we ourselves also, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan in ourselves, eagerly awaiting sonship, the redemption of our body. (26) Moreover, in like manner the Spirit also joins in to help us in our weakness, for we do not know for what we should pray as is fitting, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

What does the phrase "in like manner" mean? It is difficult to understand this phrase. I believe that it has an all- inclusive meaning. "In like manner" includes all the points of the foregoing verses--expecting, eagerness, groaning, endurance, hope, and so forth. The phrase "in like manner" relates to all of these points. While we are groaning, the Holy Spirit also is groaning. While we are expecting, He is expecting. While we are hoping and enduring, He is hoping and enduring. Whatever we are, He is also the same. "In like manner" the Spirit joins in to help us. What a comfort this is! He is just the same as we are. If we are weak, He apparently is weak also, although actually He is not. He sympathizes with our weakness. He appears to be weak for the sake of our weakness that He might participate in it. When we loudly pray, "O, Father," He also prays loudly. He also prays softly when we pray softly. We may say, "O Father, I'm so pitiful. Have mercy upon me." When we pray in this way, He also prays for us "in like manner." In whatever way we pray, He also prays. In whatever way we are, He also is. If we pray quickly, rejoicingly, and shoutingly, He also prays in this manner. Our manner is His manner.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee. Life-study of Romans, pp. 230. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: comment@emanna.com.

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