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Steven A. Bush - May 6, 2018
Adopted by God, Heirs with Christ
Christ Jesus, on behalf of God the Father, has purchased our redemption with His precious blood. He's not only ransomed us from slavery and captivity, but secured our adoptions and our eternal inheritance. The late R.C. Sproul put it this way: "Nobody is born into this world a child of the family of God. We are born as children of wrath. The only way we enter into the family of God is by adoption, and that adoption occurs when we are united to God’s only begotten Son by faith. When by faith we are united with Christ, we are then adopted into that family of whom Christ is the firstborn.” While there are a multitude of Scriptures that affirm our status as God's adopted children, Romans 8:15-17 says it quite well: "For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading again to fear [of God’s judgment], but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons [the Spirit producing sonship] by which we [joyfully] cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies and confirms together with our spirit [assuring us] that we [believers] are children of God. And if [we are His] children, [then we are His] heirs also: heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ [sharing His spiritual blessing and inheritance], if indeed we share in His suffering so that we may also share in His glory." (AMP) And just so you know, there's still plenty of room in the Family...