"Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory." Romans 5:1-2
"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.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children." Romans 8:15-16
The message of Romans is beautiful. Within its 16 chapters Paul outlines the path that God has laid out before us. It starts with us being far off, far away from His plan and His will. In this place, we are totally helpless and in the dark. Then through the one act of perfect love by Jesus, as He hung there on a cross for us, He made a way, through faith, to come back, to return to God.
Many believe that Romans 8 is the climax of the whole letter. Here Paul shows us that the cross not only made a way for us to be made right with God, to have our debts cleared. It also made a way for us to be adopted into God’s family.
Through the death and resurrection of Jesus we have been invited into the most intimate of relationships. Two significant and life changing things result from the adoption.
1. Intimacy – Paul says that we now get to call Him Abba – which could be translated Daddy or Papa. With our adoption into His family we have permission to be with Him and to call on Him whenever we need Him. We don’t have to wait or ask for permission, we have it as His Adopted Sons and Daughters.
2. Inheritance – We can receive all of His resources, the authority that comes from His name and all of the rights a child of the king has.
What does it mean for you to consider yourself an adopted son or daughter of God?
How does it change the way you see yourself and others?