Week of November 18 - Day 5

Day 5 Read: Romans 8:15-17

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.  

Reflect: According to these verses, who were we before salvation? How does Paul describe our relationship with God after salvation?

Consider: The Holy Spirit is also “the Spirit of adoption” (Rom. 8:14–17). The word adoption in the New Testament means “being placed as an adult son.” We come into God’s family by birth. But the instant we are born into the family, God adopts us and gives us the position of an adult son. A baby cannot walk, speak, make decisions, or draw on the family wealth. But the believer can do all of these the instant he is born again.

A baby cannot sign checks, but the child of God by faith can draw on his spiritual wealth because he is an heir of God and a joint-heir with Christ (Rom. 8:17). The Spirit teaches us from the Word, and then we receive God’s wealth by faith. What a thrilling thing it is to have “the Spirit of adoption” at work in our lives![1]

Respond: Read verse 17 again. What does it mean to be an heir of something? If we are co-heirs with Christ, what do we inherit? How do you feel knowing that being in God’s family means experiencing suffering because of that relationship? How have you experienced this truth?

[1] Warren W. Wiersbe, The Bible Exposition Commentary, vol. 1 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1996), 540.