Q. Romans 8:14 says we are given the spirit of adoption but in verse 23, it says we are waiting for the adoption, the redemption of the body. Many people tell me because of this, being born again is a process and not a one time thing that happens at conversion. I always thought we are adopted when we were justified, not at glorification. What does the Bible say on this matter?
A. Galatians 4:4 says the authority to become a child of God was first made available when Jesus died for our sins. John 1:12-13 says by believing in what Jesus did for us we were given the right to exercise that authority.
Since that time we have been considered by God as His own child, a new creation in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17). For Him it’s already completed.
However, this will not come into full reality for us until our bodies are transformed from mortal into immortal and we are whisked off to heaven to dwell in our Father’s house with Him. This is what Paul was talking about in Romans 8:23.