What does Paul mean by writing that those who believe become the children of God? Frank Yin-Chao Lin has studied Rom 8:12-30 to examine this concept.
From the left: Jostein Ådna, Frank Lin, Hanna Stettler, Trevor Burke, Torrey Seland, Bård Mæland
Wednesday December 6, 2017, Frank Yin-Chao Lin publicly defended his thesis on the Spirit of adoption in Paul’s letter to the Romans at VID Stavanger.
What does Paul mean when he writes that those who believe become the children of God? Frank Yin-Chao Lin has studied Romans 8:12-30 to examine the significance of this concept to the interpretation of Christian salvation.
The thesis is entitled The Significance of the Spirit of Adoption to Christian Life: An Exegetical Study of Romans 8:12-30
According to the study the key point of Rom 8:12-30 is that the Spirit is at work practically and always present in the believers’ life through the performing pattern of motivating correct behavior through full awareness of identity. In other words, the deeper they realize their status in Christ, the more dynamically the believers will live despite the interminable sufferings in their life. The very core concept of the Spirit’s work is entailed in the imagery of adoption.
The thesis suggests that Paul’s experience on the Damascus road and his life experience afterwards seem to be a more important factor for his employment of the adoption phrase. In conclusion, the Spirit of adoption is the Spirit who makes the believers fully aware of the significance of their privileged identity as God’s adopted children, and who becomes the blessed assurance of the believers' hope in their daily life.
The PhD-project has been supervised by professor Jostein Ådna, VID.
The evaluation committee consisted of:
- Dr Trevor J. Burke, Cambridge Theological Federation, University of Cambridge
- Privatdozentin Dr Hanna Stettler, University of Tübingen
- Professor emeritus Torrey Seland, VID
The trial lecture and public defence was chaired by vice-rector Bård Mæland.