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  • Ethos Church


March 20, 2023

Think of it this way. If a father dies and leaves an inheritance for his young children, those children are not much better off than slaves until they grow up, even though they actually own everything their father had. They have to obey their guardians until they reach whatever age their father set. And that’s the way it was with us before Christ came. We were like children; we were slaves to the basic spiritual principles of this world. But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.


Let’s look at this alongside Romans 8:15-17.

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.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

Paul makes it clear that the entire Trinity is involved, here: God the Father sent the Son to die for us, and God the Son sent His Spirit to live in us. The Holy Spirit tells us that we are a child of the Father! That makes us sons - adopted children of God and co-heirs with Christ. We are no longer servants because a servant could never say “Father” to his master. Like the prodigal son, the Galatians wanted their Father to accept them as servants when they were really sons (Luke 15:18-19).

Catch this: As adopted children of God, we share with Jesus all rights to God’s resources. As God’s heirs, we can claim what he has provided for us - our full identity as his children. And we may begin drawing on our inheritance right now! God has shared with us (through His Spirit) the riches of His grace, His goodness, His wisdom, His righteousness, His love, His purpose, His suffering, and His glory.


1. Are you exercising all the wonderful privileges of sonship?

2. “Abba” is roughly equivalent to “Papa” or “Dad.” Such a familiar address of God was not practiced by the Jews, but rather instigated by Jesus (Mark 14:36). Approach God now in prayer with the confidence of a son or daughter approaching their loving Father.


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