2 – Adopted
What you believe will determine how you behave…
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” (James 1:27)
…Because your identity informs your activity.
“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.” (Galatians 4:4-7)
“For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” (Romans 8:15-17)
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.” (Ephesians 1:3-6)
Paul says in Ephesians, “Be imitators of God as dearly loved children of God.”
Ephesians 5:6 says, “The wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.”
Ephesians 5:8 says, “Children of light.” “Dearly loved children,”
– What is your family story? Were you adopted or know anyone who was adopted?
– How do you see the picture of the Gospel in adoption?
– Why is it important that you know you have been adopted by God through Jesus? How does that affect your identity?
– How do you live out of your adoption? What does that mean for everyday life? What does that mean for your eternal future?