We are Adopted – 2

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

What I am saying is that as long as an heir is underage, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. The heir is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. So also, when we were underage, we were in slavery under the elemental spiritual forces of the world. But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. 6 Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.

Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

Ro 8:14; Ro 8:15-17Ro 8:23-25Ga 4:1-71Jh 3:2

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5 Responses to We are Adopted – 2

  1. pat purcell says:

    WALT. THIS REALLY CONFUSES ME. I GET THE IDEA THAT GOD SENT CHRIST SO WE COULD BE SAVED AND THEN THE SPIRIT CAME TO GIVE US WISDOM OF CHRIST AND HELP US TO UNDERSTAND BUT I. THESE VERSE DO NOT SAY TO ME THAT WE MUST ASK FOR FORGIVENESS , CAN A PERSON KNOW THE SPIRIT IF THEY DO NOT KNOW THE SON. I BELIEVE IT BUT TO EXPLAIN TO NON BELIEVER ,

  2. pat purcell says:

    THANKS FOR MAKING ME THINK . I READ NOW LOOKING AT HOW TO EXPLANE TO OTHERS WHO DO NT KNOW CHRIST ARE WHO ARE NEW CHRISTIANS

  3. admin says:

    Here’s the upcoming Evening Grace devotional for May 3. See if it helps:

    And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.

    But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
    When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me.

    But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

    I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.

    Jh 14:16-17, Jh 14:26, Jh 15:26, Jh 16:7-15

  4. pat purcell says:

    thanks walt I appreciate all that you do to help with our daily walk with him

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