MEMORY VERSE: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself. Eph. 1:5.
BIBLE PASSAGE: Galatians 4:1-7
INTRODUCTION: When a man is born again, he begins a new life in Jesus Christ. When he is justified, the memory of his past sins is wiped away and he is credited with righteousness of Christ. Adoption admits him into the family of God with all the joys that a son can have in the household of his father. In the new birth, the believer becomes a child of God as a baby in Christ, in adoption that child receives the position of an adult son, and that is, the baby becomes as adult. (Gal. 4:7). A baby is not much different from a servant until he becomes an adult.
WHAT IS THE CONDITION OF ADOPTION?
Adoption has only one condition and that is faith in Christ Jesus. (Gal. 3:26). That is of course if you are already born again and justified by God. Once that is the case, all you have to do to be adopted is to claim your adoption by faith in Christ Jesus.
WHAT IS THE TIME OF ADOPTION?
We do not have to wait till we have been a saint for one year or ten years. Adoption can occur the moment one believes in Jesus Christ or right now (1 John 3:2). However, adoption will only be completed at the resurrection when we enter His presence. (Romans 8:23). Very often in this world, we are not recognized as sons of God. But on the resurrection morning, those of us who remain in the faith will occupy our rightful positions.
HOW DO I KNOW THAT I HAVE BEEN ADOPTED?
You will know that you have been adopted when you begin to be led by the Holy Spirit of God. (Romans 8:14). Guidance by the Holy Spirit in every little thing of life is the proof of adoption. The Holy Spirit will guide any son of God into the truth of God. (John 16:13).
WHAT ARE THE BLESSINGS OF ADOPTION?
There are so many blessings that we cannot list them all. We shall mention just a few. (a) You can now confidently call God your Father (Roman. 8:15). Remember, a slave can only call his master Lord. A slave was never allowed to address his master as “Abba.” But on adoption, you can call Jesus Christ, “My Father and my God.” (b) God loves all His adopted children exactly the same way He loves Jesus Christ (John 17:23). (d) He will also correct you as and when necessary, like any good earthly father does (Heb. 12:5-11). (e) You will have the assurance that one day you will gather with the other sons of God in Heaven. (Jn. 14:14-23), (f) and when you gather, it is to receive your Father’s inheritance (1 Pet. 1:3-4). Is that not wonderful? Should anything in this world attract someone away from God? God forbid!
WHAT ARE MY RESPONSIBILITIES AS AN ADOPTED CHILD?
As a child of God, I must follow the footsteps of the one who called me. (1 Pet.2:21). As a member of the Royal family of Heaven, I must behave in such a way that people will not have cause to tarnish the image of my Father. (Matt.5:16).Since God chose me due to no merit of mine, I should show my gratitude by continuously praising Him (I Pet. 2:9-10). Finally, I should love and obey Jesus Christ who made it possible for me to become a child of God. Knowing that I can only demonstrate my love for Him by loving my fellowmen (1 John 4:20), therefore I should love my fellowmen also (Jn. 15:17). Are you ready for the blessings and responsibilities of adoption? Will you like to pray about it now?
1. What is the difference between new birth, justification and adoption?
2. What is the condition for adoption?
3. What are the blessings of adoption?
4. What are the responsibilities of adoption?