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adoption as sons and daughters

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My high school Juniors and I are working our way through the eighth chapter of St. Paul’s epistle to the Romans, and we are now looking at Paul’s magnificent declaration that those who are “in Christ” and who are living “according to the Spirit” are, by that self same Holy Spirit, adopted into God’s family as his children. I’m very grateful to be meditating on this reality right now, and as I was looking for other sections of Scripture that describe the nature of the Christian’s “sonship” to God, I came across this thought from J.I. Packer:

“You sum up the whole of the New Testament teaching in a single phrase, if you speak of it as the revelation of the Fatherhood of the holy Creator. In the same way, you sum up the whole of New Testament religion if you describe it as the knowledge of God as one’s holy Father. If you want to judge how well someone understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God’s child, and having God as his Father. If this is not the thought that prompts and controls his worship and prayers and and his whole outlook on life, it means that he does not understand Christianity very well at all…’Father’ is the Christian name for God.”

“For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are the children of God…You have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry out, ‘Abba,’ Father. The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God…In love he predestined us for adoption as children…How great the Father’s love for us, that we should be called his children, and this we are.” Praise you, Holy Father!



Written by Michael Duenes

October 7, 2009 at 5:47 am

Posted in Duenes, Theology

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