“. . . no one can be an heir of heaven without being conformed to the image of the only-begotten Son of God.” (John Calvin, Commentary on Romans, at 8:29).
“[C]hange by the Spirit for conformity to the Father’s expectations confirms adoption by the Father and manifests familial likeness to the glorified Son (cf. Rom. 8:29). The believer is not merely a slave in the presence of a new King; he is an adopted (resurrected) son in the household of the Father, empowered by the Spirit of the Son to please his Father. He is a son in the Son.” (David B. Gardner, Sons in the Son: The Riches and Reach of Adoption in Christ, p. 115).
(for this evening’s 101 Bible Study)