To realize that God wants more that just to save us from the results of our own sin, he wants to adopt us as sons and daughters.
Gal 4:1-7 ,I John 1:3, 5:1 , John 1:11-13, John 12:32, John 16:26 & 17:24, Rom 8:23, Rom 9:4,
Eph 1:4-5, Eph 1:10, Rom 8:15-16
Packers "Knowing God", chapter 19
The Back Door:
So what does adoption have to do with understanding
God? Well as we move through the Bible we find God acting as the
"Father" of Israel. (ex. Isa 63:16 & 64:8) In the
New testament we see Christ referring to God as his Heavenly Father.
(ex. Matt 5:48, 6:14, 6:26). And in the book of John we find something
even more wonderful. We find that that the privileged state of
being a "son of God" is now available to others besides
Jesus Christ. John and Paul both tell us that this state of "son
ship" is not a natural state but one of "adoption".
|He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God-- children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God. John 1:11-13 (NIV) |
|Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies . Rom 8:23 (NIV)
|For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will-- Eph 1:4 -5 (NIV)
In Knowing God , Packer suggests we can sum up the
whole of the new testament in one single concept - That
we can be adopted children of God and the creator can be our father.
It is this concept that I would like to explore further.
Students Teach Students:
Before we can understand our position as adopted
children of God we must first understand the relationship of the
natural son, the Son of God, Jesus Christ, to his Father.
-> Look up the following verses and recognize
the relationships described between God the Father and God the
Key message: Now scripture
also tells us that these relationships also extend to "adopted"
children. (ref. I John 1:3, 5:1, John 12:32, John 16:26
and John 17:24) . While salvation is most often focused on by
the church today as the most significant gift of God, adoption
by God is actually the highest privilege offered by the gospel.
It is true that without salvation there could be no adoption.
But when we speak of gifts we must realize that adoption is the
goal of salvation. It was to enable this state to be possible
for some that Christ came and died.
Paul says it so well in Galations ...
What I am saying is that as long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. He is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. So also, when we were children, we were in slavery under the basic principles of the world. But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father." So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.
Gal 4:1-7 (NIV)
Now if we are children, then we are heirs--heirs
of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed
we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in
his glory. Rom 8:17 (NIV)
Now Packer also comments that when we sees feelings
of hopelessness in Christians, we can only wonder if they have
learned the joy giving habit of dwelling on this thought. Dwelling
on the ramifications of being adopted by God.
Now as in all books of study there are tests. Lets
take a short one now to see if we value being an adopted son of
God. Take a few minutes to answer the following questions. They
are though provoking and finding a quiet place to think on them
Well how did you do? If you had to answer no to a
few of these perhaps you should consider looking into these areas
of your life. Yes, we have been adopted, but Christ has not yet
returned for us. Why you might ask. The answer is simple. We are
not yet fully prepared.
Lets look now at how we can help prepare ourselves
to be that new sons of God.
Funny, but this is not unlike how we prepare for
marriage. Often in scripture we find another analogy. The analogy
of the Church being the "Bride of Christ". Once we meet
someone we like we usually begin to date and .get to know the
other. Throughout the courting process we learn to love and to
please the spouse to be. The most successful marriages are based
on learning this lesson so well, that we continue to please the
spouse even after we are married. So it is in our relationship
Next time you feel hurt or lost try reminding yourself
of your real life. Say - I am a child of God. God is my
father and He at this moment is building my home. Every day that
goes by brings me one day nearer to it.
|"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God ; trust also in me.In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. John 14:1-3(NIV)|
|But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, Phil 3:20 (NIV)|