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.
Wulfert de Greef heads an organization to promote Reformation studies in the Netherlands. He received his PhD from the University of Utrecht.
Lyle D. Bierma is Professor of Systematic Theology at Calvin Theological Seminary and the author of several historical and theological studies on the Reformation era.