Adopted As God's Children
Note the groanings mentioned in this passage of scripture.
Creation groans (Romans 8:22).
The saints groan (Romans 8:23)
The Spirit groans (Romans 8:26).
1. Being Adopted As Children We Have . . Assurance. 8:15-18
A. Assurance from the . . Spirit We Received. 8:15-16
For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but
you received the
adoption, by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father!" 16 The Spirit Himself
testifies together with
our spirit that we are God's children,
Eph 2:1-2 1 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, NKJV
1. Assurance through Our . . Titles for God. 8:15
15 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!"
a. A slave was not allowed to say, “Abba Father.”
b. Children Call parents by endearing names.
c. Jesus Used This Term. “Abba Father.”
36 And He said, "Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will." NKJV
2. Assurance through Our . . Testimony of God. 8:16
16 The Spirit Himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God's children,
B. Assurance from the . . Sufferings. Vs 17-18
1. The . . Children’s Suffering. v 17
17 and if children, also heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ seeing that we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.
2. The . . Comparable Suffering. v 18
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present
time are not worth comparing with the glory that is
going to be revealed to us.
1 Cor 2:9 But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him." NKJV
My daughter Teri and her childhood friend recently got reconnected, and her friend just got two children with the possibility of adoption. She told my daughter the children act like they have always belonged, and even call us Mom and Dad.
I heard Jack Stanton, the former professor at SBU, tell the story about his daughter’s security after she knew she had been adopted. Before the adoption was complete the authorities planned to take the little girl back into their control, and Jack kept her away from them. At times she had to hide, and fear gripped her young life. In time, Jack, and his wife legally adopted the girl.
To celebrate they went camping, and when their daughter became tired, she told her parents she was going up to the tent and go to sleep. Surprised, Jack asked her, “Are you afraid?” She replied, “No, I’ve been adopted!”
Adoption Brings . . Assurance.
2. Being Adopted As Children We Have . . Anticipation. Vs 19-23
A. Anticipation of the . . Revelation. vs 19-20
19 For the creation eagerly waits with anticipation for God's sons to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in the hope
Ro 8:19-21 19 For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. 20 Against its will, all creation was subjected to God's curse. But with eager hope, 21 the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God's children in glorious freedom from death and decay. TLB
Col 3:4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. NKJV Jn 6:39-41, 2 Co 4:17-18
Jn 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
B. Anticipation of the . . Restoration. vs 21-22
21 that the creation itself will also be set free from the bondage of corruption into the glorious freedom of God's children. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together with labor pains until now.
Remember The Three Fold Groaning
Young man sowed Johnson Grass in a farmers field. Five years latter married the farmers daughter, and was given the old home place.
C. Anticipation of the . . Redemption. v 23
23 And not only that, but we ourselves who have the Spirit as the firstfruits we also groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.
Being Adopted As Children We Have . . Anticipation.
3. Being Adopted As Children We Have . . Appreciation. 8: 24-27
A. Appreciation of . . Salvations Hope. vs 24-25
24 Now in this hope we were saved, yet hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience.
1. v 24 Paul presents a three fold salvation. It Is:
past, present, and future.
I Was Saved, I Am Being Saved, I Shall Be Saved.
Rom 8:24 1 Co 1:18 Ro 5:9-10
1 Co 1:18 18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. NKJV
Ro 5:9-10 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. NKJV
B. Appreciation of the . . Spirit's Help. vs 26-27
26 In the same way the Spirit also joins to help in our weakness, because we do not
know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with unspoken groanings. 27 And He who searches the hearts knows the Spirit's mind-set, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
1. All three persons of the Trinity search hearts:
The Spirit (Rom, 8:26, 1 Cor 2:10).
The Son (Rev 2:23);
God the Father (1 Chron 28:9; Jer 17:10);
8:26, 27 As a believers, We are not left to our own resources to cope with problems. Even when you don't know the right words to pray, the Holy Spirit prays with and for you, and God answers. With God helping you pray, you don't need to be afraid to come before him. Ask the Holy Spirit to intercede for you "in harmony with God's own will." Then, when you bring your requests to God, trust that he will always do what is best. LASB
Illustration GROANS NOW, GLORY LATER
I once heard of a Christian seminar titled, "How To Live A Stress-Free Life." Such an unrealistic hope promptly made me stressful! Yet, we all long for relief.
But our only hope for complete relief from hardship is to be with Jesus in heaven. "Until then," "we either groan or pretend we don't." He adds, "The experience of groaning, however, is precisely what modern Christianity so often tries to help us escape."
The scriptures teach us the Holy Spirit Goans in prayer for us.
The obstacles that we must face
Along life's rocky way,
Are used by God so we might hear
"Well done" from Him someday.-- Sper
God often uses a setback to move us ahead.
Illustration Barking Dog
In October, 1983, I was painting Van and Juanita Clark’s home. They had a small black dog who would go to the back door and bark and bark until someone finally got the message and let it out. One day I was there, painting the outside of the home, while everyone else was gone. Their little dog, however, took up his station at the back door and barked incessantly all day. The sad thing was that it never dawned in his little brain that all his barking was totally useless—no one was home to hear! J. U., Spokane, WA