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Privileges and duties of adoption

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As adopted members of the family of God, believers receive both the privileges and responsibilities of being children of God.

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The privileges received by believers through adoption

Believers are given the Spirit of adoption

Galatians 4:6 KJV 1900
And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
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Believers have access to their heavenly Father

Ephesians 2:18 KJV 1900
For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
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Believers become heirs with Christ of heaven

Romans 8:17 KJV 1900
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
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The benefits God gives to those he adopts

Believers are pitied by him

Psalm 103:13 KJV 1900
Like as a father pitieth his children, So the Lord pitieth them that fear him.

Believers are protected

Proverbs 14:26 KJV 1900
In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence: And his children shall have a place of refuge.

Believers are provided for

Matthew 6:31–33 KJV 1900
Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Believers receive loving discipline

Hebrews 12:6 KJV 1900
For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

Believers are never forsaken

Psalm 94:14 KJV 1900
For the Lord will not cast off his people, Neither will he forsake his inheritance.

Believers are assured by the Spirit

Romans 8:16 KJV 1900
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

The responsibilities of God’s adopted children

Believers are to walk in the light

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Believers are to shun evil


Believers are to purify themselves


Believers are to live obediently

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Believers are to live in peace


Believers are to live in love

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Believers are to be watchful

1 Thessalonians 5:5–6 KJV 1900
Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
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