Are you living in true freedom, enveloped in an abundance of joy and absolutely “in love” with life? If not then do you desire such fullness that you would do anything to attain it? Then let me say that there is much hope indeed right in front of you!
“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.”
God did not have to use the concept of adoption to explain how he saved us, or even how we become part of his family. He could have stayed with the language of new birth so that all his children were described as children by nature only.
“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”) But he chose to speak of us as adopted as well as being children by new birth. This is for the most part essential and foundational in the picture of adoption which is indeed a portrait to each of as we realize that we are children of God. May we get a hold of this so that it is actualized within the reality in which we live, move and have our being.
“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 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, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” (Romans 8:14-17 ESV)
In other words, to put it simply, do not slip back into an old identity, which does not speak true of who that God declares that you are in his Word. If any man be “in Christ” He IS a new creation.
“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1 ESV)
I implore of each you, please do get a hold of this or you may well vacillate back in forth in your walk with Christ if you allow yourself to lose sight of this very vital tenant of faith.
Some walk in darkness because they allow this to become obscured from their vision. I know first hand because I have been there. All praise be to the glory of God the Father through Christ Jesus who has by His Spirit revealed it to me and has thus set me free. He who the Son sets free is free indeed.
To redeem means to obtain or to set free by paying a price. What was the price that God paid for our liberation and adoption? Here the answer: “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree’” (Galatians 3:13). It cost God the price of his Son’s life.
We are thus redeemed from living under the law of sin and death. We are then enabled to live eternally with our minds centered, seated and focused in the mind of Christ, while seated in the heavenlies. As strangers and pilgrims we walk the earth because no longer being “of this world, we are then merely “in” this world as we “take on” a new nature in Christ. We are to “be” then instruments of the righteousness in Christ as indeed reflecting the nature and character of Jesus to a world that is in contrast to such in it’s unredeemed natural state. We are to be then “ministers of reconciliation” of the natural to the spiritual which is another whole subject matter in itself.
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. (Romans 8:15-16)
God does not leave us in the condition of aliens when he adopts us. He does not leave us without feelings of acceptance and love. Rather, he pours his Spirit into our hearts to give us the experience of being embraced in His family. What is remarkable is the picture in the term “abba”. It is an Aramaic word.
This is that it was the way Jesus spoke to his Father, in spite of the fact that virtually no one in Jewish culture referred to God with this term “abba”. It stunned the disciples. They held onto it as a precious remnant of the very voice of Jesus in the language he spoke. In Mark 14:36, Jesus is in Gethsemane and prays, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” Therefore, in adopting us, God gives us the very Spirit of his Son and grants us to feel the affections of belonging to the very family of God. This is the relationship He wants us to experience with Him.
All who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” (Romans 8:14)
I hope this helps you to walk in a greater measure of liberty.