OWNING WHAT’S RECEIVED

“For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons and daughters by which we cry out, ‘Abba! Father’” (Romans 8:15)!

In a hostile world divided by identity politics, and confused by gender identity, the notion that one can have a self-identity rooted, and settled, in the person of Jesus Christ sounds like a heresy of common sense (Orwell). It becomes reality not when we offer verbal and intellectual assent to the claims of scripture regarding such things as grace, adoption, forgiveness, victorious living, and eternal life but, rather, when we embrace these truths and appropriate them to our own lives; when we move from acknowledging them in general, to applying them actively in daily life.

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