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January 23, 2009

The Biblical Concept of Adoption

by Dave Malnes

The use of the term adoption evokes a more personal touch in addition to its strong legal connotation. There is the legal finality in association with belonging to a family — or using the adoption theme — given a new family. The term adoption in the Bible emphasizes a process which we become children of God, but, just as importantly, it also reveals a new relationship we have with God our Father through Jesus Christ.

By faith, through baptism, we are “sons of God”. (Gal. 3:26) The process of adoption made this possible. By nature, we were slaves to the world, but God sent His Son so that we might receive the full rights of sons. (See Gal. 4:3-5 & Romans 8:15-17)

We were taken from our evil “biological parents” (Adam & Eve) and given by adoption to be children of God. We are now God’s children through adoption — loved and protected by our Father.

For those people who have been orphaned, or perhaps suffered some type of physical or emotional abuse that meant they were with a family, but totally isolated and unprotected, they have experienced the feeling of abandonment. For some people who have been adopted, there may be a sense of incompleteness in wondering who your natural birth parents were and the circumstances that caused separation.

Perhaps there is a feeling of being an orphan in a spiritual sense. There is a felling of incompleteness, a lack of inner purpose, not being fully who they are. It is a feeling that comes as a result of not having a right relationship with God. We are “objects of wrath” (Eph. 2:3); we are abused children of an evil and unworthy parent (inherited sin) and are separated from God.

The reality of faith is the full recognition that through faith in Jesus Christ, we have been fully and completely adopted in every sense by our Father in heaven. He has adopted us and unequivocally declares us as His children. We are cherished, wanted, desired and acknowledged by our Father (Gal. 4:3-7).

For all who are weary, come to Christ. He will forgive you. He will set you free.

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