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Theology of Adoption

Discussion in 'General Theology' started by Gerry, May 19, 2002.

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  1. Gerry

    Gerry Jesus Paid It All

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    "But when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth His Son made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that are under the law, that we might receive the adoption of son's." Galatians 4:4,5

    The word adoption here literally means "the placing of a son." Therefore it is logical that adoption follows regeneration. Remember that regeneration is the process that God uses to give the believing sinner a new nature. So then regeneration gives us our "nature" as a child of God, and adoption gives us our "position" as a child of God. (Rather than post all the scriptures here, I will simply refer you to them to read at your pleasure. Romans 8:15-23;Galatians 4:4-6; Ephesians 1:5; II Corinthians 6:18)

    Notice there are considerable differences in the Spiritual adoption of our Father, and the civil adoption we practice: (1) Never do we adopt our own children; Never does God adopt any other. (2) Children give comfort to the childless who adopt them; God already had a "beloved Son BEFORE he adopted us. (Matthew 3:17; 17:5) (3)Usually when we adopt children, they have many "pleasing characteristics", BUT prior to our adoption by God there is nothing "pleasing" about us. (Romans 3:10-18) (4) In the adoption process we use there is nothing that makes it possible to give the child the nature of the adopting father. But when God adopts us we are given the very "Mind of Christ". (I Corinthians 2:16) (5) There is a process whereby we can sometimes declare an adoption "null and void". God NEVER does that.

    There are some ways in which the adoption processes are exactly the same. (1) In both cases the Father is the one who initiates the adoption. (Isaiah 1:18; John 3:16) (2) In both cases the child, who had nothing before, now receives an inheritance. (Romans 8:17; I Peter 1:1-9) (3) In both cases the child receives a new name (Revelation 2:17, John 1:42).
     
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  2. Reformationist

    Reformationist Non nobis domine sed tuo nomine da gloriam

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    Very nice post Gerry.

    Well worded and well supported.

    God bless.
     
  3. amie

    amie Survivor

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    yes, I would like to second that Gerry...not because you are my friend, but because I am amazed at your constant spiritual integrity. I am lucky to have you in my life. Love and blessings to you
    Amie
     
  4. Gerry

    Gerry Jesus Paid It All

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    WOW! I am speechless. I cannot imagine, you know, you have paid an old man, who loves Jesus, the ultimate compliment. "Constant spiritual integrity" I am humbled and blessed. Thank you!

    When my awesome and sweet friend brought me to these forums, I knew at once it was Family, and a place of love and Joy! I am so happy to be here, and for once I feel like I am Home.
     
  5. NRutman

    NRutman New Member

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    Gerry,

    I don't know how involved you are with a local church, but if you are looking for deeper fellowship I would encourage you to get more involved in a good local church. These forums are the creation of man, while the church is the creation of God.

    I just know how often God has decided to work through my local church, and I wish the same for you.

    Hope that is helpful,
    Nate
     
  6. MikeMcK

    MikeMcK Well-Known Member

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    Well said.
     
  7. FatherApe

    FatherApe New Member

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    As one who was adopted my~own~self, at 3 months old.. I too can appreciate your analogy. Doesn't Christianity go even further though.. with a true "Birth" analogy for new Christians?
     
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