All who are led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons and daughters. 15 You didn’t receive a spirit of slavery to lead you back again into fear, but you received a Spirit that shows you are adopted as his children. With this Spirit, we cry, “ Abba, Father. ” 16 The same Spirit agrees with our spirit, that we are God’s children. 17 But if we are children, we are also heirs. We are God’s heirs and fellow heirs with Christ, if we really suffer with him so that we can also be glorified with him.
Gomes begins by distinguishing between "the plausible lies" that our culture tells us about the good life, and "the fantastic truths" that alone can bring true and abiding happiness. He shows how "the plausible lies" work together to form a powerful cultural narrative, based on the allure of riches and power, a blind faith in science, and the desire for personal happiness, freedom, success, and immortality. Working through each of these unquestioned values of modern life, he challenges us to find a new vision of what is good and worthy in life. Advice for living directed to both young and old, The Good Life is an important book about the truths that sustain us even in times of great adversity.