FOR YOU DID NOT RECEIVE THE SPIRIT OF SLAVERY TO FALL BACK INTO FEAR, BUT YOU HAVE RECEIVED THE SPIRIT OF ADOPTION AS SONS, BY WHOM WE CRY, ABBA FATHER! THE HOLY SPIRIT HIMSELF BEARS WITNESS WITH OUR SPIRIT THAT WE ARE CHILDREN OF GOD, AND IF CHILDREN, THEN HEIRS- HEIRS OF GOD AND FELLOW HEIRS WITH CHRIST, PROVIDED WE SUFFER WITH HIM IN ORDER THAT WE MAY ALSO BE GLORIFIED WITH HIM. ROMANS 8:15-17
TO REDEEM THOSE WHO ARE UNDER THE LAW, SO THAT WE MIGHT RECEIVE ADOPTION AS SONS. GALATIANS 4:5
HE PREDESTINED US FOR ADOPTIONS AS SONS THROUGH JESUS CHRIST, ACCORDING TO THE PURPOSE OF HIS WILL. EPHESIANS 1:5
Definition- the admission of a believer into the family of God by our Lord Jesus. This introduces a relational dimension that would not otherwise be possible if not for the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Adoption is never separate from justification and regeneration. A person who is justified is always the recipient of sonship. Let’s look at
JOHN 1:12-13- BUT AS MANY AS RECEIVED HIM, TO THEM HE GAVE THE RIGHT TO BECOME CHILDREN OF GOD, EVEN TO THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN HIS NAME, WHO WERE BORN, NOT OF BLOOD NOR OF THE WILL OF THE FLESH NOR OF THE WILL OF HUMANS, BUT OF GOD.
Adoption of sonship is, like justification, a judicial act. It is the bestowal of a status that concerns a relationship and not the attitude or disposition. We recognize this this sonship and all the privileges that go with it. Regeneration is the prerequisite and adoption is the consequent. It is personal! So personal that we can cry out from our hearts- Abba Father! He is now our true Father.