Adopted into the Family

January 14, 2024

Topic: new life

Book: Romans

Adoption wasn’t mentioned in the bible until Paul wrote the book of Romans because it wasn’t really necessary. Jewish culture wove family protection into their social structures; widows and orphans were taken care of by the family. Once Jesus enters the picture, we get a different image of what God’s family structure looks like. So as Paul writes to the Gentiles to commune as one family he is asking readers to consider what adoption looks like. God invites us all to be members of His family by bringing our old selves and becoming someone with a new identity in and through him to share in the spirit together. 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. Romans 8:15-17