My cruise through Romans has brought me to a subject near and dear to my heart, adoption. For this I will walk though several scenarios or analogies where adoption does not only demonstrate permanency, but equality.
First example is fiction. Odin was a fictional king who had a son (Thor) but adopted another son (Loki). Although Loki (because of the evil still in him) never saw he and Thor as equals, Odin did. In the adoptive father’s eyes, both sons were equal.
Next is Old Testament. Moses was adopted by another king, a Pharaoh who had ordered the death of all Hebrew baby boys. But through a turn of events, the Pharaoh’s wife adopts Moses and younger brother to Ramses II (future Pharaoh of Egypt). Moses was raised fully in the household of the Pharaoh with all it’s privileges.
In both of these stories, the adopted child was viewed as an equal but eventually saw things differently themselves. Loki turned out to be a villain while Moses turned out to be a hero.
Next we come to my own adoption. With my widowed mom remarrying, her new husband adopted my brother and I as his own kids. He eventually had a daughter as well, but rather than have 1 child with two adopted children, he had three children, all equal in stature (age appropriate) in the family… all equal co-heirs.
Then I have repeated this adoption story by having two biological children with my wife and then adopting two more children as well. These adopted children are just as much mine as the biological children. All four are equal co-heirs.
And then we finally get to today’s verse. “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!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ” (Rom 8:15-17a)
This last part of the statement should absolutely blow your mind. If you have the Spirit of God dwelling in you (and if you have accepted and believed, then you do)… then you are God’s heir and a fellow heir with Christ. Your adoption by God means you are an heir along side of Christ.
Everything God promised and did for Christ, He promises and does for you. God raised Him from the dead, and He will raise you. God welcomed Him into His Kingdom of Heaven, and He will welcome you. God said “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matt 3:17) And He will say the same about you.
If you have “confess(ed) with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe(d) in your heart that God raised him from the dead” (Rom 10:9), then you are adopted by God as a fellow heir with Christ. Welcome to the family.
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