When we come to faith in Christ, we are not only born again, we are not only saved, but adopted and become sons and daughters of God. He is not only our God, our Adoni, our master, but also our loving father. The scriptures say the Spirit beareth witness with our spirit that we are the children of God, and if we are the children of God, then joint-heirs with Christ! That is if we suffer with Him (Romans 8:17). Surely, we will suffer with Him, that is persecution, if we live a godly life.
“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” 2 Timothy 3:12 KJV
I believe Christians today miss how significant, how amazing, wonderful and important this concept of adoption is. Through belief in Christ, His death and resurrection, we are not only adopted children of God, but we share jointly in inheritance with His only begotten Son! Oh, if we only understood what God has prepared for those who love Him (1 Corinthians 2:9). Should we not commit our lives to service and obedience to Him? Do we not understand the privilege we have to call God Almighty our Abba Father? Do we not understand how much Christ has done for us? Who are we, but wretched sinners, and yet we can become sons and daughters of God and share in joint inheritance with Christ? That truly is amazing grace. So many are attached to this world, living for this world, rejecting Christ and eternal inheritance for this fifthly, wretched, rotting world. As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord (Joshua 24:15).
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 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. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” Romans 8:14-17 KJV