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