Adoption is a window into God’s love. It is potentially the most tangible demonstration of Holy affection. Adoption (Love) is not a feeling or response. IT IS A CHOICE! An unforced desire for permanently inclusion.
[x_blockquote cite=”1 Peter 2:10″ type=”left”]Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.[/x_blockquote]
In Christ, we are adopted as God’s beloved children. This is an act of God’s free grace. The result is membership into God’s family, with a right to all the privileges of God’s children. This impacts every area of our life. The need to cover mistakes progressively diminishes. The endless striving for approval fades away. Understanding the power, depth and beauty of God’s choosing love is liberating! It frees us to a vibrant life and lasting spiritual change?
[x_blockquote cite=”Galatians 4:4-7″ type=”left”]God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.[/x_blockquote]
Why is adoption so important to understanding the gospel?
The Gospel is the free unmeasured Love of God bestowed on us. It is not qualified by our works. NO! It leans 100% upon the satisfaction of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice. On the cross Christ became the exile so that we might receive inheritance. AND THIS WAS GOD’S FREE CHOICE! This inheritance is the complete access to God’s full eternal satisfying love. In Christ, God is pleased with us as he is pleased with Jesus! THIS IS ADOPTION!
[x_blockquote cite=”John 17:22-23″ type=”left”](Jesus (God in Flesh) speaking about us to God the Father) “The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me”[/x_blockquote]
Those in Christ must not think or behave as orphans but as children (heirs) of the eternal benevolent God. Adoption transforms our thinking about the bigness of God’s holiness. And worship explodes because we see not only the bigness of our savior, but also the beauty of what will be!