“And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile.” -1Pet.1:17
What is Adoption? “Adoption is an act of God whereby he makes us members of His family.” – W. Grudem
What does the Bible say about Adoption:
- 1. It is a promise to the believer through faith in Christ.
- We are the offspring of God.
“And if you are Christ’s then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.”- Gal.3:29
- The believer needs to be thankful of the promise of adoption. It is not by works (Read Gal.3). But by faith.
“For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith.”- Gal.3:26
- 2. It is by Grace, for His purpose.
- God has adopted us for His purpose, by His unearned merit (grace).
“He predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.”-Eph.1:5-6
- 3. It is connected with new birth.
- In order for us to be adopted there has to be conversion.
“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”- Jon.1:12-13
- We see here faith in Christ. And we are born not of our self but of God. In the new birth God’s Spirit will bear witness of adoption.
“The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.”- Rom.8:16
- 4. It should be looked at as a privilege.
- We as believers should be humbled to be called his children.
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.”-1Jon.3:1
- 5. We are under the discipline of our heavenly Father.
- Just as the earthly father disciplines his children, our heavenly father disciplines us.
“Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the Lord your God disciplines you.”- Deut.8:5
- Let us except the discipline of the Lord (Heb.12:3-11)
- 6. It should lead to Holy living.
- Being in God’s family should lead to holy living.
“Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.”-Phil.2:14-15
- 7. Fellowship with other believers as brothers and sisters.
- In Acts 2:42-47 we see how the believers are to fellowship with one another.
- Look at the early believers as they were in the upper room.
“All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.”-Act.1:14.When we come to Christ we look at other believers as family!