Welcome to the Family
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
Adoption – In Biblical time the sons had no rights, they were no different than a servant. When they reached the legal age (appointed by the father) they were given a coat off an adult and were given all the rights of an adult and welcomed to the family
Regeneration (born again) – you become a literal child of God
Adoption – you become a legal child of God
They both happen at the same time, not at a time appointed by the Father, but at the moment we say yes to Jesus Christ
Privileges of being a child of God
Guidance – we have Someone to guide us through the problems of this world, a Holy Compass, a Jesus GPS.
Acceptance – God loves everybody, even if we don’t believe it or deserve it.
Assurance – The Holy Spirit literally assures us in a whisper, if we will listen. Close fellowship with the Lord is only a prayer away!
Inheritance – We are joint heirs with Christ. We’re not a God, but we are just as much a Son of God as Jesus Christ is!
All are ours – Now!