phos: adopted by the father
Adopted by the Father
‘Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,’ [Ephesians 1:5]
There are two points I would like to make with this message. 1) The believer is not adopted; he is made a child of God through the new nature. And 2) we must interpret Scripture with Scripture if we are going to come to God's truth. Let me address the first point. The Greek word translated adoption in the KJV is "huiosthesia". It is composed of two words meaning "son" and "to place". So the literal meaning is "to place as a son". While adoption does place one as a son, it does not adequately describe the position of the believer who becomes a child of God.
We read in Romans 8:14-16, "For as many as are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the spirit of adoption ("being placed in position as a son"), whereby we cry 'Abba Father'. The Spirit Himself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God". Let’s consider the phrase, "The Spirit Himself beareth witness with our spirit". What does Paul mean by "our spirit"? It is obviously not our natural spirit; it is our new nature, the gift from the Holy Spirit. In other words, the Holy Spirit bears witness with our new nature that we are the children of God. Our new nature is spirit; God is spirit, so we become children of God through the spirit.
The word "adoption" does not accurately describe the process by which a believer becomes a child of God. While in human terms, one cannot be born into a family other than his own, in the spiritual realm the believer is indeed born again into God's family when he receives the new nature from the Holy Spirit. So my first point is that the believer receives a new nature which places him as a son of God.
The believer is not adopted as a son, he is a son. Many go to the Greek adoption laws that were in effect during the writing of the New Testament to explain how the believer becomes a child of God. These Roman laws show that the adopted son had all the legal rights of a son born into a family. So unlike Roman law concerning adoption,
God's law is not that we are adopted, but we are made God's sons by the new nature. In other words, an adopted person may have all the legal rights and privileges of a son who is naturally born, but the adopted person does not have the nature, i.e. so to speak the flesh and blood of his adopted parents. But the believer is not adopted; he is made a child of God through the spirit, the new nature.
My second point then is that the knowledge of Roman law does not accurately portray the position of the child of God, and if we do not understand that position, we lose out on a great blessing, i.e. the knowledge that we are not adopted, we are children of God because he has given us a new nature that allows us to become His "natural" children.
What do you think?
They all Father are adapted to you; they are your sons. The same blood that runs through you runs in them. They have your DNA. As you are so are they. Amen