I’ve been mulling over something…
God is in the business of restoration and reconciliation. He is in the business of reconciling His family. And we are part of that family. He is the Father of creation — and we are part of that creation.
All those led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father!” (Romans 8:14-15)
Here’s what I’m chewing on…
In the scripture, the sons were usually the ones who received the inheritance. There were rare occasions when daughters were treated as the sons were (Job treated his daughters equally), but mostly the sons received the inheritance and the blessing that came from being the sons.
But in this portion of scripture, we are told that we are ALL sons if we are led by God’s Spirit. We are actually called “sons” — and told that we receive the inheritance that goes with it. I believe the use of the word “son” was deliberate so everyone could see that in Christ, we are all loved and treated the same in the eyes of God. According to Galatians 3:28 — There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
So going back to the original verses: All those led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father!”
- All those who are led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons. (I’m a son, you are a son — therefore an heir.)
- And if we are sons, we didn’t receive a spirit of slavery. Spiritual slavery chains us in fear and we are forced to work to survive. But God doesn’t chain us or enslave us! He makes us his CHILDREN and we are given the Spirit of adoption (again, an heir to what the Father wants to give us). We are FREE. Not chained. Not bound. But free. The sons of the King. It is nothing we have done or can do… our sonship is a gift from the Father.
- And since we are then children of God — we can cry out ABBA, FATHER! (the same words Jesus called out). And thus, we are filled with the Spirit of the living God. Wow.
I’m reminded of the story of the Prodigal son and his return to his father. Too many times, we forget who GOD IS. When we are far from God, and finally turn around and come back to pursuing our relationship with Him, it seems we also sometimes come back bargaining with God to forgive us just as the Prodigal son was ready to bargain with his father. “If you forgive me for this, then I will…”. But God doesn’t need our bargains! He already paid the price — the ultimate price. He calls us by name and we are part of the family. “He did not even spare His own Son but offered Him up for us all; how will He not also with Him grant us everything?” Romans 8:32
We have to remember that our unfaithfulness doesn’t make HIM unfaithful. Instead, His faithfulness and grace shines ever brighter in the midst of our mess ups! And just like the prodigal, we are welcomed home as His children. FORGIVEN and FREE.
Even as messed up as our flesh can be… God redeems. God forgives. God loves.
Like I said… God is in the business of restoration and reconciliation. He is in the business of family. I would love to hear your thoughts on these scriptures and what God has revealed to you through them.
**Here is a song that Keith Green shared in 1982. He talks about the fact that we are God’s kids.. and he loves us and wants to bless us. We are God’s children. He doesn’t want us to strive, but rather remember that we have had it all done for us. We are His children!**