Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What does it mean to be adopted by God?

Take a minute to wrap your mind around everything it means to be a child of God:

Ephesians 1:5 In love he [God] predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will

-- Romans 8:15-17: we are children for our heavenly Abba; confirmed in our spirit by suffering with Jesus

-- fatherhood is an unending, faithful promise that expects faithfulness from both. Jeremiah 3:4,19

-- being a child of God is the opposite of not even being a nation, a people. Hosea 1:10

-- being a child of God is not a right granted to all, but is granted to those who believe Jesus and receive him, and comes about by God's will. John 1:12-13.

-- being a child is being led by God's spirit, and having an affectionate, non-fearing  relationship with God the Father. Romans 8:14 and Galatians 4:6-7

-- being a child of God makes us heirs with Christ, Romans 8:17 and Galatians 4:7

-- and makes us able to suffer with Christ. Romans 8:17

-- being a child of God means we have a glory now and awaiting us as our full adoption is completed. Romans 8:21-23

-- being a child of God means we are expected to live in holiness. 2 Corinthians 6:17-18

-- God trains, tutors, educates, corrects us as sons to be holy, and the training isn't pleasant in the short term. Hebrews 12:5-11

-- being a child of God is to be loved with an unimaginable love, and we cannot even see all its implications yet. 1 John 3:1-2.

-- being a child means thirsting for God, and conquering. Revelation 21:6-7.

Being God's child means I am amazingly loved with my brothers and sisters, that I'm not on my own, but I'm part of a whole people, and have free-flowing conversation with a Father I trust and adore, and have responsibilities he has given me, and that I should expect difficulty.

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