ADOPTION AS SONS
But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.
There are special privileges we enjoy because of who our earthly father is. Your inheritance, of course, is determined by the prosperity of your father. Parris recently received her inheritance from her father’s death. He wasn’t a wealthy man, but what he left her was a blessing and was able to do something special for her to remember her father by. Stanley Horton speaks about our adoption as sons and our inheritance from our Heavenly Father. Listen closely, it is quite substantial.
“By “adoption” he means entering into the privileges and responsibilities of sonship. Then, because you are sons, and because all the promised blessings of sonship now belong to you, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, “Abba, Father”. The Holy Spirit is probably called the Spirit of His Son here to remind us of the words of Jesus in Luke 24:29. There, Jesus used the same verb, “send,” to say, “I will send the promise of my Father upon you.” This sending of the Spirit is clearly the baptism in the Holy Spirit, as explained in Acts 1:4,5; 2:4. That Paul refers to it as the Spirit coming to their hearts is not strange.”
What exactly did we receive when we became sons. We received the inheritance which is more valuable than any earthly treasure. We received the Promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Spirit. This is the earnest, or foretaste, of our heavenly inheritance. That heavenly inheritance is so vast that it will take all of eternity to explore it. It is impossible for us to begin to comprehend the heavenly treasure we have inherited. It is far beyond our ability to describe with words or comprehend with our minds. The Holy Spirit, who is our inheritance, begins to give us glimpses of it’s wealth as He unfolds His glory to us and in us. As you taste His goodness for yourself, you will become more and more attracted to His love and unsatisfied with the treasures of this present world.