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.” Romans 8:15
Salvation is a homecoming, God’s act of adopting spiritual orphans into his eternal family. Sonship refers to our adoption as children of God. The life-transforming grace and love of adoption is what makes the Christian faith so unique and full of joy.
Jesus paid the price for our adoption, giving us the right to be children of God (John 1:12). We are not born naturally into this relationship; it is a spiritual rebirth. Jesus calls it being “born again,” “born of the Spirit” (John 3:3, 8). While adoption is a legal contract that completely transforms the status of a child, it is more importantly a profound expression of parental love.
For reasons that can be summarized only by love itself, God chose you. He selected you to be his child and adopted you into his family. The idea of being chosen is simply that God’s love makes us children of God. Nothing else—no works, merit, or righteousness on our part—can do it. Both our existence as human beings and our salvation are ultimately dependent on one thing: the love of God the Father. And through the sacrifice of Christ, the outpouring and indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we become fully the children of God!
What a glorious privilege is ours to be the absolute possession of the Father.
I Declare: Lord, today I Declare that I am predestined to adoption as a son or daughter by the Father through Jesus Christ according to the good pleasure of His will. I walk in my full right and privileges unhindered.
Ignite Thought: Sonship is a heart that feels at rest and secure in God’s love; it believes it belongs.