“When the time came to completion, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” Galatians 4:4-5
Todays Gospel Word – ADOPTION
The term adoption is defined as “the literal placing of a son”.
Theologically speaking, adoption is a term employed to describe the condition of the redeemed. Upon conversion, we are given our new nature as children of God and adopted into His family, now having the position of sons and daughters of God. (Romans 8:15-23, 2nd Cor 6:18, Gal 4:4-6)
When we think of adoption, we tend to think of the beautiful act of civil adoption. While civil adoption is a wonderful and BIBLICAL thing and it’s hard to imagine any human action more loving and selfless – there are some differences in the two that we should point out….
*We Never Adopt Our Own Children, but God never adopts any other
*There are usually many pleasing characteristics in a civil adopted Child, but never in Gods children prior to their adoption
“There is no one righteous, not even one. There is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away; all alike have become useless. There is no one who does what is good, not even one.Their throat is an open grave; they deceive with their tongues.Vipers’ venom is under their lips. Their mouth is full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and wretchedness are in their paths, and the path of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes” Romans 3:10-18
*Civil Adoption Could Never give the child the nature of the father, but Gods adopted are given the very mind of Christ
“For who has known the Lord’s mind, that he may instruct Him?But we have the mind of Christ” 1st Cor 2:16
*In some cases, civil adoption can be declared null and void, but Gods adopted are absolutely secure
“And don’t grieve God’s Holy Spirit. You were sealed by Him for the day of redemption” Ephesians 4:30
So, there are key differences in civil and spiritual adoption. But there are similarities as well. Consider the following:
*The Father (parent) must initiate the adoption
“Come, let us discuss this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are as red as crimson, they will be like wool” Isaiah 1:18
“For God loved the world in this way:He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him” John 3:16-17
*Both adoptions provide an inheritance to one who previously had none
“and if children, also heirs—heirs of God and coheirs with Christ—seeing that we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him” Romans 8:17
“Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that is imperishable, uncorrupted, and unfading, kept in heaven for you. You are being protected by God’s power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.” 1st Peter 1:3-5
*Both Adoptions provide a new name
“Anyone who has an ear should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. I will give the victor some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name is inscribed that no one knows except the one who receives it” Revelation 2:17
Another exciting aspect of Spiritual adoption is the full involvement of the Godhead, The Trinity in the process of our becoming sons and daughters of God through adoption
There Is Intimacy Toward God The Father –
“Therefore we cry Abba Father” Romans 8:15.
Abba Father is a VERY personal name for one’s Father. Through spiritual adoption we can now use this term! Until this point, only Jesus Himself had used this to describe His relationship to God.
There Is Illumination By The Spirit
He leads us into this relationship ” All those led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons” (Romans 8:14) and assures us in this relationship ” The Spirit Himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children” (Romans 8:16).
There Is An Inheritance With The Son
Through spiritual adoption, we are “joint heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17)
Praise God for the Gospel of Adoption!
Soli Deo Gloria! – Pastor Kyle