Monday, March 3, 2014

Spiritual Adoption

Many are the wonderful blessings God showers upon His sons and daughters who accept Him as their personal Savior. Among these is adoption into the family of God.

My wife and I have three married daughters. The youngest of these is Natalie. Her husband’s last name is Steitz. In addition to their own seven children they took in Gisell and Serenity as foster children and then later adopted them into their family. Before all that could take place, the agencies made visits to be sure the girls would be carefully cared for.

Adoption into the family of God is one of the many blessings of being a believer, a member of God’s family. It is one of the riches of God’s grace. The apostle Paul informed his believing readers that they had “received a spirit of adoption as sons, not a spirit of slavery leading to fear again” (Romans 8:15). All those under the Law who received Christ as their Savior were “adopted as sons” (Romans 4:5). They became heirs “through God” (v. 7). They had the full rights and privileges as sons in God’s family. The same is true of all believers today. We are sons and daughters of God. We have been adopted as His children as a result of our redemption.

The truth of God’s adoption of His children is primarily a New Testament truth taught by the apostle Paul. However, there are examples of the truth of adoption in the Old Testament even though there is no Hebrew term for adoption. Abraham, for example, viewed his servant as his heir when God had not given him one (Genesis 15:30). Here is another example of a similar case of adoption in the Old Testament even though a Hebrew word for adoption is not used. This would be when Pharaoh’s daughter cared for Moses and “adopted” him as her own (Exodus 2:10).

Imagine it! The believing sinner is adopted, placed as an adult son, by God Himself and becomes an heir of God in His family. That is very special!