Commentary on "Freedom in Christ"
Day 6: Thursday, August 26, 2010 - Adoption Versus Bondage
Today’s lesson is centered on this passage:
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 (Rom. 8:15-17 ESV).
The written words of Paul, the very voice of God, found in Romans 8:15-17 expresses some of the most powerful and reassuring concepts to be found anywhere in Scripture:
Even though the quarterly lesson makes some good statements about a Christian’s freedom from bondage and fear, one has to wonder what is the purpose is for not being clear concerning what Adventist doctrine really teaches on this topic:
Now, let’s turn to a parallel passage:
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. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God (Gal. 4:4-7 ESV).
Actually, it would be worthwhile to read and study the whole chapter. Especially notice where Paul points out that Christians are those who are not of “the slave woman”, those born in slavery to the law given from Mount Sinai. Rather, we are children of the free woman.
So, brothers, we are not children of the slave but of the free woman (Gal. 4:31 ESV).
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