More than one poster has asserted we have been adopted, referring to us becoming children of God. One poster claims we become adopted when we are born anew. No scripture was given to support this mistaken view. Another poster claimed there are three aspects to adoption. 1) It was claimed Romans 8:15 referred to our being children of God because we had the Spirit of Adoption. Thus we had been adopted. This is utter nonsense. The Spirit of Adoption is simply referring the Holy Spirit which was given as a pledge to our future adoption. Our "sonship" comes from being born spiritually into God's family, not from adoption. 2) Adoption does indeed refer to our bodily redemption at Christ's second coming. This is the only actual way it is used which refers to receiving the full benefits as sons under the New Covenant. This view matches the Lexicons and the context of every usage. 3) Romans 9:4, referring to the Old Covenant adoption of Israel was mentioned to support the idea of many meanings. This usage is entirely non-germane to the topic. Here is the simple fact, we come children of God when God puts us spiritually in Christ. In Christ we are born anew. Thus children of God, not through adoption, but through rebirth. Now as sons, we will receive our full benefits in the future, including the redemption of our bodies, and this future action Paul refers to as adoption. To quote DHK, DHK also tried to say we are slaves to Christ through adoption, but then had to back track because we cry out Abba Father, which is something a son but not a slave would do. Finally DHK used the phrase "spirit of adoption" not referring to the Holy Spirit, but to our attitude of slaveship to Christ. However, verse 16 clearly indicates the Holy Spirit is in view.