We must not leave our gospel introduction before we see how union with Jesus by faith is not merely a legal issue. We are not merely given a new status as fully forgiven, perfectly righteous humans.
We are engrafted into a new relationship with God as adopted sons and daughters. The gospel is not merely about being given a new grade, but a new life—a new status and a new family. Not to mention a new hope, a new purpose, and a new… well, everything.
In Galatians 4:4-6, the apostle Paul tells us,
4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.
If you think about it, the concept of adoption is such a perfect way to describe the fullness of God’s grace. After all, adopted children are always wanted. They are chosen. Not just tolerated, but treasured!
The challenge for the new believer is to embrace the love of the Father who has chosen us in love unto adoption, believing that he really has given us his name, an eternal inheritance of joy, and that his smile is always upon us.
We are his delight!
The concept of adoption is such a perfect way to describe the fullness of God’s grace.
Something else to note. Children are not adopted because of what they can contribute to the family or because they earn their way in. They are recipients of grace. Period. It is a grace that will never let us go because of what Jesus has done for us. It is resting and abiding in what he has done for us now empowers what he does in us.
As a well-known contemporary song by Chris Tomlin reminds us: “You are a good, good Father. That’s who you are. And I am loved by you. It’s who I am.”
Amen and amen.