Devotion for Introduction to ApologeticsPosted: September 30, 2008
Point of Devotion – The Blessings/Privileges of Adoption- The believer of the gospel is blessed with privileges that give him the right to an eternal inheritance with the family of God.
Let’s read our passage for the devotion.
Romans 8:15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
This is the Word of God…
This Spirit not only cries out in making us a part of God’s adopted family, but gives the believer blessings that he had never had before as a fallen man. For being the child of God is an experience like nothing you knew before in the fallen state and may not fully understand even now because how often the doctrine of adoption is overlooked. But when you see exactly what this adoption does for the believer and the blessings it provides, you can see that it is nothing but by the grace of God. From the moment of the time that the Spirit is poured into our hearts this confidence of adoption, it poured into us the privileges of adoption as well. These are to the believer nothing but blessings that they could have never imagined existed before the act of adoption.
I will list these blessings or privileges that are given at the time of our adoption so that you can grip overwhelming amount of delight that takes place in being adopted by God.
1. When we are adopted, “the Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” We have intimate fellowship with Christ and God because of this. (Gal. 4:7)
2. When we are adopted, not only is there this intimate fellowship but also there is the blessing of the guidance of this Spirit that cries “Abba, Father.” This how one knows he is a part of the family of God. (Rom. 8:14)
3. When we are adopted, it gives us another blessing. That this Spirit gives His presence to always assure the believer of their status as a child of God. (Rom. 8:16)
4. When we are adopted, it is a blessing that the believer who bears the Spirit that their heart is in perfect relationship with the Father, God. (Rom. 8:14)
5. When we are adopted, most of all, the privilege for believer is that they at the point of adoption now become heirs of God, which is a joint heir to Christ. (Rom. 8:17)
6. When we are adopted, his adopted family (us) is promised to one day after being redeemed in glory bear the likeness of Christ. (1 Jon. 3:2)
7. Lastly the blessing that the believer receives in adoption includes the inheritance of all things since the believer is adopted in being the sons of God. (1 Cor. 3:21-23)
For the believer, bearing the Spirit is nothing more than a blessing that deserves utmost praise to God for allowing us to partake in His family. I would ask of us, when was the last time we actually thought of our adoption, then even thanked our Father for such a plan that would allow him to take in illegitimate children like it.
This new relationship brings the believer into the household of faith. For the believer it is beautiful to know that they will belong to this family forever and ever and ever. God will care for his family and take care of them for eternity. This is why God sent his Son, Christ to die for the sins of His family, so we can have the highest blessing of the gospel, so that we can have the inheritance, this spiritual richness of being a part of the family of God. God gave us the gospel so that we could become children of God.