Adoption Into the Family of God
We’ve been going through a series at my church entitled “Born Again.” The following scriptures are from the first sermon and they have been swimming around in my heart and mind for several weeks now. Of course, I wanted to share them with you all and I pray that they will minister to you today, whoever you are, wherever you are.
“So also we, while we were children, were held in bondage under the elemental things of the world. But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.” Galatians 4:3-7
Before we continue to the next set of scriptures, I want to clarify two things: adoption and redemption.
“Redemption is the purchase back of something that had been lost, by the payment of a ransom. The debt against us is not viewed as simply cancelled, but is fully paid. Christ’s blood or life, which he surrendered for them, is the “ransom” by which the deliverance of his people from the servitude of sin and from its penal consequences is secured.” A few years ago, I found the English definition of the word redeem to mean “to restore honor”. God, through the sacrifice of His Son, has restored the honor he placed upon us which we lost in the garden of Eden. Hallelujah! He didn’t stop there though…
“Adoption is the giving to anyone the name and place and privileges of a son/daughter who is not a son/daughter by birth. In the spiritual sense of the word, it is an act of God’s Grace by which he brings men into the number of his redeemed family, and makes them partakers of all the blessings he has provided for them.” When we were born, we were not automatically born into God’s family, we were born into sin. We were children of the flesh until we chose for ourselves to be a part of God’s family. At that point, God picked us up out of the family (and I use that term loosely) of the devil and placed us into His family. He gave us all the benefits that would naturally go to a child born into His family. What a beautiful truth the scriptures have laid before us! Let’s continue…
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory. In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation-having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.” Ephesians 1:3-14
This next passage was not a part of the sermon but I thought it was important to add.
“You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin; and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons, “MY SON, DO NOT REGARD LIGHTLY THE DISCIPLINE OF THE LORD, NOR FAINT WHEN YOU ARE REPROVED BY HIM; FOR THOSE WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE DISCIPLINES, AND HE SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES.” It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.“ Hebrews 12:4-11
I cannot put into words what this passage has meant to me and my faith journey but I will say that I have carried it close to my hopeful, hurting heart during times of discipline. I love how this passage distinguishes the difference between a child of God and not being a child of God. If we are to be His children then He must discipline us so that we can become more Christ-like. Yes, Christ died for our sins so that we could be with God for eternity when it comes our time to leave this earth. However, there are still consequences that we must pay in order to learn how truly evil and spiritually crippling sin is and the necessity to flee from it. God is developing us, He is training us up in the way we should go. If you find yourself in a season of correction, may I say, hold tight, brothers and sisters, this will develop a harvest of righteousness.
If you would like to hear the Born Again series by Pastor Mark Tuso at Crosspointe Baptist Church you may click this link http://www.experiencecrosspointe.com/current.php . If you are looking for a new church home and are in the Millington, TN area, we worship together every Sunday at 10:30am and 6pm.
John MacArthur’s Study Bible – NASB
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
**Originally posted to Blogger on 7-22-12