Was unknown in Jewish circles, but was a common practice in the Greco-Roman world. A wealthy man who was childless, might adopt a slave youth into his family as his son. So, in Christ, believers are admitted into the family of ______________ by ______________.
If children of a household can look forward to an inheritance, so Christians, as sons of God, will one day enter their Father’s inheritance as well. The proof is in Jesus’ already doing this. But there is a ______________ that must be followed or a ______________ attached.