The Spirit of Adoption
Adoption brings many changes, both to the family who adopts the child and the child who is adopted. It can also bring anxiety, and fears about how the adpotion will work out.
As the apostle Paul wrote in this passage, receiving the Holy Spirit is much like being adopted. Whoever comes to faith in Jesus Christ becomes a child of God. Paul also pointed out that this adoption is not one to be anxious about--if God will actaully love us as he promises to do, or if we are worthy of God's love. God loves us the same way he loves his Son; the Holy Spirit assures us of this, and the Spirit gives us the power to extend this love to others.
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