FRIDAY 20TH SEPT., 2019
WORD FOCUS: YOUR ENTITLEMENT
TEXT: Romans 8:15 “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…”
Paul’s audience would have understood his use of Roman adoption in teaching the benefits we receive as redeemed members of God’s family. A Roman father held absolute right and control, legally entitled over his children at any age. Likewise, we have been transferred from satan’s grip to our heavenly Father’s Kingdom. The benefits of Roman adoption were Paul’s chief focus in Romans chapter eight:
a) The adopted person lost all rights in their old family and gained a new father, plus all rights of a legitimate member of their new family.
b) They became heir to their new father’s estate. When there were other siblings, they became joint-heirs together.
c) All their debts were completely cancelled, legal records of their history were expunged; the past had no effect on their new life.
d) Seven citizens witnessed all legal adoptions. If the adoptee’s legitimacy was ever challenged, each witness could testify to their legitimate standing. Thank God, ‘The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children’ (Romans 8:16). No less than the Holy Spirit Himself validates your membership in God’s family! I have received the Spirit of adoption whereby I call Abba, Father.
Through Jesus Christ redemptive work and resurrection (God’s Spirit) you and I are adopted in to God’s family. I am no more in bondage. I am entitled to receive all God’s blessings that has been freely given to me and my family.
MEDITATION: Heb 2:15, Gal.4:7
STUDY THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
JN 20;19-31; 2CHRO 32; PS 88
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