Adoption is a powerful and deeply personal word for many people – a life changing word.
It’s also a necessary word for each person who has received God’s gift of salvation.
The New Testament repeatedly explains salvation as an adoption story.
God has chosen us, loved us, redeemed us and granted us membership into His family. We’ve been adopted!
All of those who know God through Christ have an adoption story to tell. We can all speak of being lost and destitute. We can testify to life under a cruel master who enslaved us under his heartless cruelty.
No matter how hard we tried, we failed to gain acceptance and love. We stood on the outside and it was beyond our ability to find a place in God’s family. We were outcasts, unwanted and without hope in this world. But our loving Maker refused to leave us in our hopelessness.
God saw us. He had mercy on us. He chose us. He set His love on us. He paid the price for our adoption. He made the long, difficult journey to bring us into His family. He granted us full rights of sonship along side His only begotten Son. We are fellow heirs with Him!
We’ve been chosen, loved, redeemed and adopted into God’s family!
But this is a story that transcends time and reaches back into eternity. It’s also a story located in the deepest parts of God’s pleasure and will.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding,”
Galatians 4:1-12 (NLT)
“Think of it this way. If a father dies and leaves an inheritance for his young children, those children are not much better off than slaves until they grow up, even though they actually own everything their father had. 2 They have to obey their guardians until they reach whatever age their father set. 3 And that’s the way it was with us before Christ came. We were like children; we were slaves to the basic spiritual principles of this world.”
“But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. 5 God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. 6 And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” 7 Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.”
“The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ…”
- The Holy Spirit is in contrast with a spirit of bondage.
- The Holy Spirit accomplishes and confirms our adoption.
- The Holy Spirit releases us from fear and celebrates our adoption
“In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. He says, “I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters; in the assembly I will sing your praises” (Hebrews 2:10-12).
“He (Jesus) went on a little farther and fell to the ground. He prayed that, if it were possible, the awful hour awaiting him might pass him by. “Abba, Father,” he cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine” (Mark 14:35-36).
Romans 8:22-23 – waiting for complete adoption
“We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.”