A teacher had two new boys in her Sunday school class.  In order to register them, she asked their names, ages and birthdays.  The bolder of the two said, “We’re both seven.  My birthday is April 8 and my brother’s is April 20.”  “But that’s impossible!” answered the teacher.  “No, its not,” answered the quieter brother.  “One of us is adopted.”

“Which one?” asked the teacher before she could curb her tongue.  The boys looked at each other and smiled, and the bolder one said, “We asked Dad awhile back bue he just said he loved us both, and he couldn’t remember which one was adopted.”

In Romans 8, Paul wrote, “…But you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “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 joint heirs with Christ…”

By virtue of Christ’s redeeming power and our humble obedience, we have become joint heirs with Christ and adopted sons and daughters of God.  As fully adopted and accepted children, we share the same inheritance as the only begotten Son.

“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God” (1 John 3:1)

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