In my introduction to this series, I explained that children need parents and therefore believers need their heavenly Father for a couple of reasons; for love and discipline. If that is all God was offering, that would still be amazing grace, but it isn't. This post will start to list the benefits to being a child of God.
Throughout Scripture, God "calls" people to Himself (Acts 2:39, Romans 8:30, 1 Peter 1:15 just to name a few). This is God's choice, He initiates this. As we saw from the previous post, He did this not because of who we are but because of His great love for us.
"Offspring & Heirs"
But for what purpose does God call us? Romans chapters 8 and 9 answers:
- The Holy Spirit bears witness to our identity as children of God. (Romans 8:16)
- If we are children, then we are also heirs with Christ. (Romans 8:17)
- If we are children of the promise, then we are considered offspring. (Romans 9:8)
If all this is true, then we have been adopted by God. Brought into His family.
This is important for all believers to remember for one simple reason: if we are adopted, then there is an inheritance ... which I'm saving for the next post.