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Sons of God
Romans 8:14-17
October 28, 2018

Many children, if not all children, at some point will ask their parents, “Am I adopted?” They want to know their place in the family. They want to know if there is a biological connection between their parents and them. They ask the question out of a sense of insecurity, perhaps thinking something like, “If I am adopted, I am less connected to this family, more likely to be unloved, and more susceptible to mistreatment.”

The wise parent is the one that assures the child — whether they are biological or adopted children — of their security and safety within the family unit.

In something of an ironic twist, the family relationship that tempts a child to insecurity is the very truth that the Spirit of God uses to assure the believer of his safety in the salvation of God. Children believe themselves insecure if they are adopted. But the believer is considered secure because of his adoption, according to Romans 8:14-17. It is appropriate that we come to this passage on communion Sunday, remembering the act of Christ that led to our adoption into God’s family.

The theme of this passage is that,

The Spirit uses adoption to give assurance to believers.

How does the Spirit provide assurance through the doctrine of adoption? The Spirit acts in three ways to give us assurance through our adoption…

  1. The Spirit Leads Us from Sin to Sonship (v. 14)
  2. The Spirit Transforms Us from Fear to Fellowship (v. 15)
  3. The Spirit Affirms Our Change from Condemnation to Childhood (vv. 16-17)
  • The Child’s Position (v. 16)
  • The Child’s Inheritance (v. 17a)
  • The Child’s Suffering (v. 17b)
  • The Child’s Glorification (v. 17c)

Download the rest of this sermon on Romans 8:14-17.

The audio will be posted on the GBC website by tomorrow.