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Read His Words Before Ours!

Ephesians 1:3-12
1 Corinthians 15:3-11
Colossians 1:19-28
Isaiah 53:10-12

What comes to mind when you read adoption?

For many, “adoption” quickly conjures the human arrangement of assuming legal responsibility for a non-biological child. 

While this arrangement is called adoption, the adoption we find in Ephesians 1:3-12 reaches far beyond human institutions; it is God’s own arrangement from long before the foundation of the earth. 

We were dead in our trespasses, by nature children under wrath, when we walked according to the ways of the world and according to the ruler of the power of the air. (Ephesians 2:1-5) But God, in His mercy, chose us in Christ Jesus by grace, and adopted us as His children.

Scripture explains, 
Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people;
you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy
.” 
(1 Peter 2:10)

God proved His love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8) He died, was buried, and rose again (1 Corinthians 15:3-5); therefore, in Him, we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our sins. (Ephesians 1:7)

Scripture promises, “But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name[.]” (John 1:12) By receiving Him and believing in His name, we received “the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out ‘Abba Father!’ The Spirit Himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children[.]” (Romans 8:15-16)

This adoption story was the mystery of God’s will, revealed to us in the fullness of time. According to Scripture, it is God’s hidden wisdom predestined before the ages for our rescue. (1 Corinthians 2:7) In Colossians 1:26-27, Scripture describes “the mystery hidden for ages and generations, but now revealed to His saints. God wanted to make known among the Gentiles the glorious wealth of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory[.]” 

Further expounding on the mystery of God’s will, 1 John 1:1-2 reveals, 

What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have observed and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life–that life was revealed, and we have seen it and we testify and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us[.]

The mystery of God’s will, then,
is the life given to us through our adoption in Christ,
which is our hope for glory.

Early church preacher and apostle Paul explains the deep significance with which God views our adoption through Christ. In Ephesians 5:2, Paul teaches that Jesus Himself, having loved us, gave Himself for us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God.

What great love!
Jesus sacrificed Himself on our behalf,
that we may be adopted into the family of God!
(Isaiah 53:10; John 10:18)

This, sisters, was God’s “good pleasure that He purposed in Christ”! (Ephesians 1:9)

Galatians 4:4 confirms God’s plan to reconcile and reunite His family:
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.” 

For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, 
and through Him to reconcile 
everything to Himself, 
whether things on earth or things in heaven, 
by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross.”
(Colossians 1:19-20)

As I remember all God has done for us, I recall when I did not know about His love and mercy. Having accepted Jesus Christ out of fear of hell fire, my thoughts of God centered on His wrath. Therefore, I tried all the time to do good works, to avoid His wrath. 

But when I came to know His love and mercy, I understood my salvation was about the riches of His grace. The fear disappeared after realizing I was not God’s enemy, but a daughter. As an adopted child of His, I have access to every spiritual blessing He has blessed us with in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3)

Oh, how great is God’s love, the riches of His grace and mercy,
that we should be called His children!

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