The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15)
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! (1 John 3:1)
When a mother gives birth to a baby, there is a relational identity established between the parent and child. Father-child and mother-child are the relational identities the baby experiences. The child does not believe these identities but experiences them. When we receive the Spirit of God in the new creation, He produces something that did not exist before. From slaves to sonship through adoption, knowing this metric is foundational to experiencing this new identity and is also the most powerful differentiator of biblical Christianity from religion. There is a spiritual identity conversion that happens in the human spirit by the Holy Spirit. As we journey this relationship of love with the Father, there is an inner awareness of adoption. This will bring a supernatural inner rest that we can experience in the midst of external unrest. It is this inner awareness of son and daughter identity that we all long for.
This identity change is not about:
This identity change goes beyond the body and mind to the very core of who we are in our spiritual dimension. We become children of God—literally!
The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus set Christianity apart from all other religions and allowed human beings to move from slaves to becoming sons and daughters who may now experience communion, communication, and companionship with their Father. This reality happens first in the human spirit, and is experienced through transformation in the mind and body.
Adoption establishes God as our Father. Transformation enables us to experience God as our Father.
Here we find the transforming power of God. Whether our earthly fathers were present, absent, or abusive, God says that when we receive His Spirit, He takes residence in us, establishing a relationship by His Spirit, and that we may call Him “Abba Father.” This is the disruption of the cross of Christ. The Spirit of God neutralizes every human experience and gives birth to a relationship that enables us to call out to Him as Father because we experience Him as Father.
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. (Romans 8:16)
The word testifies in Greek is symmartyreo, a combination of two words—sym, a preposition denoting union, and martyreo, a verb derived from martys, which means a witness, someone who has personally experienced or seen something. An incredibly significant experiential outcome in Christianity is God’s Spirit bearing witness to the human spirit that we are the children of God.
Despite great intellectual and physical achievements, human beings still desire this divine inner witness. We crave adoption as children of God through His Spirit. We hunger for this most intimate relationship. The cosmic vacuum is filled when the human mind recognizes the adoption of sonship. The inner longing for something more comes to an end when we experience Spirit-to-spirit communion of intimacy.
No matter how busy we may become in Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, atheism, communism, or any other “ism,” we will continue to search until we discover the experience of God’s adoption. Jesus paid the price for the eternal life of God to take up residence in human beings so He can do life together with us as Father and child. The greatest of all miracles happens when people experience the move from being cosmic orphans to being adopted into the family of God. There alone will we find rest for our spirit, mind, and body.
You can understand the effects of the wind but cannot fully grasp it until you feel the wind blow for yourself. Have you ever tried explaining to someone about an exciting experience and walked away thinking my words did not at all adequately communicate what I know inside? Have you ever thrown up your hands and exclaimed, “You just have to experience it for yourself!” The Father-child relationship is the ultimate example of the kind of experience the cross of Christ births in mankind.
The human mind recognizes and experiences the original design of connection to God. The evidence of the Christian faith is experiencing this communion between the Spirit of God and the reborn human spirit. This communion says, “Welcome home!” Like experiencing air, we cannot see it but we know it is there. An inner awareness of God is created in mankind resulting in the removal of the cosmic vacuum. There is nothing that humanity can do in and of itself in any dimension that can remove this void—that can end the mirage of life. Being a child of God is an experiential outcome in humanity that comes as a consequence of the supernatural adoption.