Most People Live Far Below This
God’s rescue is about more than justification and it’s about more than sanctification. It also involves adoption. It involves God making us his own children and bringing us into his love. That’s what we are rescued for.
Paul keeps emphasizing that we are “sons” or children of God:
Those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God (Rom. 8:14).
For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father’ (Rom. 8:15).
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children (Rom. 8:16).
Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory (Rom. 8:17).
Why does Paul say “sons”? Is he excluding “daughters”? Not at all. In the ancient world sons inherited, daughters did not. But in the gospel that distinction is abolished. All of God’s children (male and female) are sons; all who are in Christ are heirs. Adoption is the grace by which God makes us his own, bringing us into the enjoyment of his love.
The whole point of salvation is that you should enjoy God’s love. Most people live far below this. Many Christians believe that God has forgiven them. They believe God is in the business of making us better people. But they are not sure that God loves them.
Are you enjoying God’s love?
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