“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘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 joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together” (Romans 8:14-17).
A son of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob OR a son of Jehovah.
Which parentage is more impressive and prestigious?
Not only does the gospel provide the redemption needed to release us from the tyrannical clutches of Satan’s law of sin and death, it also takes us—former slaves and combatants against righteousness—and makes us sons of God!
God’s gift of sonship at baptism (Acts 2:38) was not earned; it was an act of amazing grace on God’s part. This blessing, however, has immense practicality. The gift of God’s Spirit is a tool essential to spiritual victory in Jesus. Walking obediently in the path blazed by Christ and revealed by the Spirit of truth is essential to divine sonship. Not one son of God, not even the only begotten Son of God, is exempted from obedience to God’s way (Hebrews 5:8).
The blessedness of being God’s son is breathtaking to ponder. Every son of God:
Is free from the spirit of bondage and fear.
Has full access to the throne of Jehovah—his “Abba, Father”.
Has assurance of his sonship because of his obedience to God’s word.
Is an heir of God’s unfathomable and everlasting inheritance.
Is a joint heir with the only begotten Son of God.
Will be glorified with Christ, if he has suffered with Him.
Becoming and living as a son of God is all that matters; being a son of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob does not.