Sonship - Romans 8

Thoughts from the Sycomore’s weekly reading of Romans…

8:15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”

During a time when there is an ever increasing pressure to be politically correct, we must be even more vigilant to hold fast to the word of God. When we look a text like the one from Romans 8:15, it is very tempting to read the text as—“but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons and daughters by which we cry out, Abba Father!” It makes so much sense to be “inclusive” in such a way. The problem is that the text is actually NOT referring to sons and daughters. It’s actually talking about “sonship.” Sonship is the term that we use for those (men and women) who have embraced Jesus Christ as Savior AND Lord. It is talking about a condition or position of those who have made such a glorious decision. I do admit that inclusiveness has a place in Scripture. It’s just not everywhere we feel the need or pressure to make it so. #desiringGod2017

Love, Sam