8:15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery leading again to fear, 1 but you received the Spirit of adoption, 2 by whom 3 we cry, “Abba, Father.”
8:21 that the creation itself will also be set free from the bondage of decay into the glorious freedom of God’s children.
1 tn Grk “slavery again to fear.”
2 tn The Greek term υἱοθεσία (Juioqesia) was originally a legal technical term for adoption as a son with full rights of inheritance. BDAG 1024 s.v. notes, “a legal t.t. of ‘adoption’ of children, in our lit., i.e. in Paul, only in a transferred sense of a transcendent filial relationship between God and humans (with the legal aspect, not gender specificity, as major semantic component).”
3 tn Or “in that.”