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The previleges of adoption

The privileges of adoption

By

Jose de carvalho

 

When we come to God for salvation through faith in Christ we are made spiritually alive, able to relate to God in prayer and worship and able to hear His Word and Voice with receptive hears. One of the major blessings of salvation is adoption; the act of God whereby He makes us members of His family, and His children related to one another in the body as family members. John mentions adoption at the beginning of his gospel, where he says “to all who received him, who believed in his name, He gave power to become children of God” (John 1:12). The New Testament’s epistles repeatedly bear testimony to the fact that we are now God’s children (Romans 8:14-17). 

What are the privileges of adoption? 

One of the greatest privileges of our adoption is being able to relate to Him as a benevolent loving father. We are to realise that we “are no longer slaves but sons” (Gal. 4:7) therefore we are not to relate to God as a master, but as a child relates to a father. This relationship to God as father is the foundation of many blessings in a Christian’s life. The most intimate role and the role that conveys the highest privileges of fellowship with God for eternity is His role as our heavenly father. This relationship illustrates clearly that He loves and understand us. He has compassion and cares for us, takes care of our needs and gives us gifts. He especially gives us the gift of the Holy Spirit to comfort us and empower us for ministry and Christian living. Gifts not only in this life, but also in the afterlife.  As sons and joint heirs with Christ, we have an inheritance in heaven. We are “heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ” (Rom.8:17) thus have the rights to “an inheritance which is imperishable, undefiled and unfading, kept in heaven for you” (1 Peter 1:4). 

“…and forgive us our sins” (Matt 6:9-12), this daily prayer for forgiveness is not a prayer of justification.  Rather a prayer in which we express a wish to restore the open fellowship with our Father that has been disrupted by sin that displeases Him.  It is a prayer of restoration not to a judge, but to a loving father.

 The privilege of being “lead by the Spirit” is another benefit of adoption.” All whoare led by the Spirit of God are sons of God” (Rom 8:14).The Holy Spirit put in every believer the desire to obey God and enable us to live according to His will. As God’s children we are to imitate our Father in conduct. Paul says “be imitators of God, as beloved children” (Eph.5:1). 

Another privilege of adoption into God’s family, though not always recognized as a privilege, is the fact that God disciplines us as His children. “The Lord disciplines him whom He loves” (Heb. 12:5-6). God treats us as sons: “for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?” (Heb. 12:7). 

It is in the context of a father that we must relate to God and to the Church as members of one family. This concept of the Church as God’s family should give us a new perspective on the work of the Church: it is family work!!! The various members of the family should never compete with each other or hinder one another’s efforts, but should encourage one another and be thankful for whatever good or whatever progress comes to any member of the family, for all are contributing to the good of the family and honour of God our Father.

If any of this is interesting or enriches you, stay connected and travel with me as we migrate in this pilgrimage of life finding ‘what adds meaning to our lives’.

Bible verses, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the NKJV Holy Bible copyright 1983 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.