Summary of passage: Since we are God’s children, we are heirs of God and Christ and share in his sufferings and glory.
11) We are Christ-like. We are heirs of God and Christ and share in his glory. We relate to God as Christ did.
12) Part personal Question. My answer: God knows what we need before we ask. God values us. He disciplines us so that we can share in His holiness, peace, and righteousness. We are loved and like God. God has provided me with everything I need and more. He cherishes me and takes care of me and loves me. He grows me. He walks with me and holds my hand and picks me up when I fall. God is there always for me.
13) Personal Question. My response: I don’t doubt God’s love. I don’t understand it, but I know He loves me always. With Christ, we are with God forever. There is nothing to fear. Only love.
Conclusions: Overall, Lesson 13 was weak with repetitive questions. Paul repeats himself a lot here and BSF would have been better not spending an entire lesson on these 17 verses.
End Notes: Living under the law brought fear. Paul says now we are in close kinship with God and call Him Abba!
In the Roman world of the first century AD, an adopted son was a son deliberately chosen by his adoptive father to perpetuate his name and inherit his estate; he was no inferior in status to a biological son.
Under Roman adoption, the life and standing of the adopted child changed completely. The adopted son lost all rights in his old family and gained all new rights in his new family; the old life of the adopted son was completely wiped out, with all debts being canceled, with nothing from his past counting against him any more. Hence, Paul’s listeners would have completely grasped what a privilege this is and its meaning.
Jewish law stated that at the mouth of two or three witnesses everything had to be established (Deuteronomy 17:6). There are two witnesses to our salvation: our own witness and the witness of the Spirit. We know if we’re God’s children or not.
In sum, we relate to God as Christ did since we are in Christ. Awesome!