Romans 8:14-17 NLT
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. 15 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” 16 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. 17 And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.
God is not simply the Father of humanity by being our Creator, He is Father to all who choose to be “adopted” into His family - the Church - by the power of His Spirit. We who have been spiritually adopted by God are given the privilege of knowing Him as “Abba” (Daddy, Papa, Papi). As God’s children, we will inherit the glory of God; yet as joint-heirs with Jesus, we will also temporarily share in His suffering despite our promised eternal inheritance.
Have you ever questioned your identity as a child of God simply because of suffering He allowed in your life?
If being led of God’s Spirit is evidence that we are His children, what are the essential ways the Spirit will lead us?
What do you think of the Biblical view of adoption - giving an adopted child all the rights and privileges of a natural-born son?
Would you ever consider adopting orphaned children into your family?
John 14:18-19 NLT
No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you. 19 Soon the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Since I live, you also will live.