THE SPIRIT OF ADOPTION

Scripture Reading:  Romans 8:14-17

“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)

The Westminster Shorter Catechism defines adoption as “an act of God’s grace whereby we are received into the number, and have a right to all the privileges, of the sons of God” (Westminster Shorter Catechism #34).  Adoption is a legal action by which a person who is not a natural child is taken into a family and is regarded as a son or daughter.  God the Father has adopted us into His family!

Because we have been adopted into God’s family, we are conscious of the fact that we are members of His household — “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God” (Ephesians 2:19).

Because we have been adopted into God’s family, we have a standing before God comparable to that of His own Son, Jesus Christ.  In fact Jesus becomes our Elder Brother!  And we become joint heirs with Christ — “and if children, then heirs — heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ” (v. 17).

Because we have been adopted into God’s family, we can call God, “Abba! Father!”  These words reflect the emotions we feel toward God.  We can call Him by His most personal and affectionate name — “Abba,”  which is the equivalent to our word “daddy.”  This moves us out of the theological and theoretical and brings us to the most personal and real realm.

Think of it, we have a heavenly Father who loves us with an unconditional, unending and sacrificial love — “See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God, and such we are!” (I John 3:1)

Heaven Father, I am amazed that I can call You, “Abba! Father!”  I know that You have chosen me and adopted me into Your family.  I am Your son whom You love dearly.  I am precious to You.  I stand amazed at the incredible love that You have bestowed upon me.

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