Adoption: Who we are in Christ


by Joe Bayless

Adoption: Who we are in Christ – Audio.mp3 


Summary: “Adoption is the act of God where He transfers us from the realm of sin into His family.”

Biblical Texts:

  • Gal. 4:4-7
  • Rom. 8:12-16
  • Eph. 1:5

1) Adoption begins with God. (Eph. 1:3-5)

  • God acts to adopt us as sons.
  • Example: Whenever a child is adopted from an orphanage, does the child take the first step to be adopted?
  • He acts by sending his son to die for us. cf. Gal. 4:4-5
  • Christ’s work on the cross allowed us to be adopted into God’s family.


2) Adoption is only for born-again believers. (John 1:12, John 3:5-7)

  • Adoption is an outcome of saving faith. Gal. 3:26
  • People who aren’t believers aren’t a part of the family of God. Eph. 2:1-3


3) Adoption comes with benefits: 

Possession of the Spirit.

  • The Spirit is evidence that we are sons and daughters. cf. Rom. 8:16, Gal. 4:6-7
  • The Spirit produces fruit in the lives of believers. cf. Gal. 5:22-23
  • The Spirit is evidence that we are no longer under the Law. cf.Gal. 5:18
  • The Spirit gives each believer gifts to use in the church. 1 Cor. 12:7-11, Rom. 12:6-8, Eph. 4:11-12

Personal Relationship with God:

  • God loves us as His children. 1 John 3:1
  • God takes care of all our needs. Matt. 6:7-8
  • God hears us in prayer. Matt. 6:9


4) Practical Applications

  • We should praise God for the diverse family created by adoption. cf. Rev. 7:9-10
  • The body of Christ is composed of 100% adopted people.
  • This family comes from multiple nation, ethnicities, and people groups.
  • We should be humble as a result of adoption.
  • We should carry the gospel message so others can believe and be adopted as well.

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