On Sunday we looked at Romans 8:14-18 which expands another benefit of the gospel to those who are in Christ and led by the Spirit in that they are adopted as sons of God. This means that everyone who is in Christ (male or female – Gal3:28) has the legal position of a son of God and gains all privileges and inheritance that comes with it, to the point where they are co-heirs with Christ Himself!
As with the rest of this chapter these few verses are rich in gospel meaning and significance, so take your time to meditate on them! Here are a few thought provokers.
Read Romans 8:14-17
Rom8:15 says the Spirit does not make us slaves but rather brings about our adoption to sonship. Consider the connections between this and Ex4:22-23 where God calls Israel His son and sets them free from Pharaoh’s slavery.
– What are the differences between a slave and son?
– In what way were we slaves before we knew Jesus and how does that change now we are sons?
Rom8:15 says that it is by the Spirit ‘we cry ‘Abba, Father.” Consider the connections between this and what happens at Jesus’ baptism (Matt3:16-17).
– How does the Spirit work in assuring us of our position as God’s sons?
– Why is the Father’s affirmation of His son important?
– How does God’s affirmation of you as a son impact you personally?
– ‘Abba’ is Aramaic for ‘Father’ or ‘Daddy’. Explore the implications of what this means for our relationship to God. How does this way of addressing God change the way we understand Him?
Rom 8:17 says as children of God we are co-heirs with Christ. Consider the connections between this and the statement God makes to the kings of Israel in Ps2:7-8.
– What does it mean to be a co-heir with Christ (the ultimate king of Israel)?
– In what way do we share in the sufferings of Christ?
– What do we know of the glory of Christ that we will also share?
Sonship is an important biblical theme and helps us fully understand who Jesus is and who we are in Him. In light of Rom8:14-18 read the story of ‘the Two Sons’ in Luke 15:11-32.
– What does Lk15 teach us about the depth of the relationship between the father and the sons?
– What does the story teach us about the type of inheritance we have in Christ?
– The story tells of one son who misused his inheritance and the other son who underused his inheritance. Where do you see yourself in the story?
– How can you live fully in the reality of God’s inheritance now as God intends you to (Lk15:31)?