With Christ’s sacrifice and resurrection, we receive the adoption as sons and daughters:
Galatians 4:4-7 (NIV)
But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.
With this adoption, as stated in the Scripture above, we have received the gift of the Spirit: God continues to be with us after Jesus has returned to His throne. We give thanks for the Spirit:
Holy Spirit of God,
great gift of our exalted Lord,
on the day of Pentecost you came to the Church
as he promised, to abide with us for ever.
Come to us in your grace and power today,
to make Jesus real to us,
to teach us more about him,
and to deepen our trust in him;
that we may be changed into his likeness
and be his witnesses in the world,
to the glory of God the Father
(found on p. 206 of The New Book of Christian Prayers, edited by Tony Castle, 1986, Crossroad, New York)
How does identifying yourself as a son/daughter of God impact your understanding of who you are in Christ?
How do you see the Holy Spirit at work in your life? Do you have an example from today?