A Child and Heir of God - Who Do You Think You Are? Romans 8:12-17
So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, "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 fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
(Romans 8:12-17, ESV)
You are a child of God.
All who are led by the Holy Spirit are sons of God.
We are children of God because He has adopted us.
Our entire Christian life should be lived with our adoption in mind.
We live like God, since He is our Father.
We live to please God since He is our Father.
Our prayers are prayed with this in mind.
Our faith is based on our adoption
There’s rewards for being a child.
The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs-heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ. (Romans 8:16- 17, ESV)
As God’s children, we become His heirs. Here’s some of the things our Father makes available to us as His heirs.
We are heirs of salvation.
Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation? (Hebrews 1:14, ESV)
We are heirs of eternal life.
So that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:7, ESV)
We are heirs of His promises.
So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath.... (Hebrews 6:17, ESV)
We are heirs of righteousness.
By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. (Hebrews 11:7, ESV)
We are heirs of the Kingdom.
Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? (James 2:5, ESV)
So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. (Hebrews 6:17-18, ESV)
Since God cannot lie, His oath is true and completely trustworthy.
What does that mean?
Once we are His children, we will forever be His children.
So how do we become adopted children and heirs of God?
We become children of God and His heirs by trusting in Jesus Christ.
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. (Galatians 4:4-5, ESV)