Part of God's Family or Just an Employee?

While working my way through Romans 8 recently, I was struck by how Paul described the Holy Spirit as the “Spirit of adoption” (Romans 8:13-17). I got to thinking about this because I realized that I spent a fair amount of time in Christian ministry thinking of myself as God’s employee rather than as God’s son. I believe my confusion on this point is the confusion of many other Christians, whether “in ministry” or not. Paul contrasts the “Spirit of adoption” with what he says we are not filled with, a “spirit of slavery” (Romans 8:15). I got to thinking about this metaphor in terms of being an employee. As I reflected on the passage in this way, I realized that there is a huge difference

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