Adoption: Child of the King Most High

You are a child of the King Most High by whose Spirit we cry out, Abba! Father! In part 6 of Lavished: Your Riches in Christ, Pastor Dan Cox reads from Romans 8:12-17.

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Study Notes

Your Riches in Christ…

The Ordo Salutis… The Order of Your Salvation

Predestination and Election

God knew, loved and chose you before the foundation of the world to be conformed to the image of Christ and receive all spiritual blessings in Christ.

Calling and Regeneration

In time, God effectively called you to Himself and made you spiritually alive through the new birth.

Faith and Repentance

Having been made spiritually alive, God gave you faith- trust in the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ- and changed your mind about sin.


Through faith in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God has declared you righteous- as holy as Christ Himself- forever and ever.


God placed you into His family giving you all the rights and privileges of a child of God, and made you a co-heir with His Son, Jesus Christ.

So then…

  • We are under obligation to live according to the Spirit


  • Those who are led by the Spirit are sons of God
  • You received the Spirit of adoption
  • By the Spirit you cry, Abba! Father!
  • The Spirit bears witness that you are a child of God
  • You are an heir of God and fellow heir with Christ
  • We will both suffer with Christ and be glorified with Him

Applying the Text

  • Are you living according to the Spirit?
  • Are you growing in the love and knowledge of God?
  • Are you rejoicing in your inheritance in Christ?