Key Verse: “He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will” Ephesians 1:5
The Bible is full of wonderful stories of adoption. From Moses who was adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter in Exodus 2:10, to Esther who was adopted by her cousin, Mordecai in Esther 2:7 and not forgetting Jesus himself who was looked after by Joseph as a son even though he was not his true father. Adoption speaks of a deliberate love that breaks regular family blood bonds and appeals to strangers on a family level, through love.
Just as the Bible depicts acts of natural adoption, it also shows another kind of adoption; a spiritual adoption. Just like natural adoption, in Christ, we are adopted into a loving family that spans not only the globe, but all of time. It is a family that has been growing since the creation of the world. It is a comforting thought to know that one day all the spiritually adopted children of the Lord will live together for eternity in the presence of our loving heavenly Father. We will be in a place where we can love and we will be loved and where no harm will ever come to us.
God didn’t choose us to be in his family because we were good enough or cute enough. We were unsightly, sinful and full of rebellion. We had nothing to offer God and were unable earn His Love, but He chose us in love and welcomed us in Christ. Our spiritual adoption into God’s family was no plan B, but Ephesians 1:4 tells us, “He chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love.”
In Christ, we have received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father” (see Romans 8:15). Abba roughly translates as ‘Daddy’, we can now turn to our loving, caring heavenly father even when our earthly families may fail us.