Pleasing God, Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

Our Adoption in God’s Forever Family

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons[f] of God. 15 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.  Romans 8:14-17

Seven Treasures in Romans 8

1. Our position in Christ (1-4)

2. The empowering presence of the Spirit (5-13)

3. Our adoption in God’s forever family (14-17)

4. Spirit-produced thirst for glorification (18-25)

5. Spirit’s intercession (26-27)

6. Golden chain of redemption (28-30)

7. Sacrificial and keeping love of God (31-39)

A. The Spirit’s Leadership: Our Familial Identity with God

1. What family traits does the Spirit lead us to? Rom. 8:14

– Holiness: like the Lord Jesus: 1 Thess. 4:3, 7; John 17:15-19

– Love: like the Lord Jesus: Rom. 5:5, 2 Cor. 5:14-15, Joh 13:34-35

2. Family identity declared: Rom. 8:14b, 8:15, 16, 17; 1 John 3:1-3, John 1:12, Gal. 3:24-26

B. The Spirit’s Witness: Our Adoption, Access, His Witness: Rom. 8:14, Rom. 8:15-16

1. We receive the affirmation of our Adoption: Rom. 8:15a, Eph. 1:5, Gal. 4:4-5

2. In our adoption we have access to God as Father: Rom. 8:15, Gal. 4:6, John 20:17-18

3. The independent witness of the Spirit: Rom. 8:16

– Spiritual Fruit – Gal. 5:22-23

– Desire for communion with God – Acts 9:10-11, Phil. 1:21-23