God has adopted you

God has adopted you.

Romans 8:15 – 39


Paul makes the case that those who belong to God (in Christ) have received His Spirit which makes them an adopted child, rather than a slave of fear (8:15). The contrast of adoption and slavery is stark. Slaves have little to no rights, are treated presumptuously and often harshly. Adoption is the legal process where a person assumes all parental responsibility for another, thereby considering the adoptee an actual child with all the beneficiary rights and privileges afforded to the natural family. Interesting to know is that the adopter is the deliberate chooser, often times to perpetuate the father’s heritage and estate inheritance. The adoptee only receives the action and typically reflected the father’s character and purpose much greater than natural children because of their gratitude.

Likewise for the believer, the gospel is the complete action of God the Father whereby the believer has done nothing to earn or accomplish this. It is grace.

– Adoption grants confidence not fear toward God. This confidence is in the fact that we can cry out [literally: a loud shout expressing emotion] God, “Abba (Papa), Father”. The Holy Spirit testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. It is a divine, inward assurance based on the Spirit and truth of Scripture. (8:15-16)

– Adoption grants us connection with Jesus. Believers become heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ. In other words, as Jesus is the beneficiary of all of the Father’s blessings so we too share with Jesus. This is an unfathomable connection and inheritance. (8:17)

  • Perhaps the catch or condition is that we are so connected to Jesus that we too must share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. As Christ suffered, so we too must suffer. His death becomes our dying to self. Believers are not exempt from suffering. In fact, suffering in this world is a mark of true Christianity in that we have the opportunity to deepen and reflect our faith. Our faith is a hope for God to restore and redeem all things in the future. (8:19-25)


    • Because the believer has confidence and assurance with God they wait patiently for God to bring about His full redemption.


    • Because the believer has connection to Christ, His Spirit intercedes on our behalf in ways and words that cannot be expressed. God is always at work in the believer’s life. He is never stagnant. (8:26-28, ff.)  

      • At times our unsanctified and anxious heart becomes restless and we must remember this great promise from Scripture that God is working all things together for good. 
      • Prayer can be a mystery for those suffering or enduring difficulty. Our inadequacy to articulate prayer does not neglect the fact that God hears our heart and sees our condition (cf. Exodus 2:23-25, 3:7-10). God cares more than and even when we do not understand. His sovereign plan and timing must be trusted. 

1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”



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