We Are Adopted Through Christ (In or Out – Part 5)
This is Part 5 of “In or Out” taken from Galatians 3:26 – 4:7. The previous parts can be found here:
We were not redeemed simply for the sake of redemption. If there were no greater purpose, we would be in a situation similar to the airplane passengers who heard the pilot make this announcement: “Attention passengers, I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that our navigator has lost our position and we have been flying aimlessly for over an hour. But the good news is that we are making great time.” There is an ongoing purpose. God redeemed us so he could adopt us and give us the full rights of his children. We have been adopted by God through Christ.
We do not enter God’s family by adoption like a the way a child without a family is adopted into a new, loving family today. The only way to enter God’s family is by being born again; it is the redemption we just spoke of. Adoption has to do with our standing in God’s family. The word for adoption means “to place into a family as an adult son”. We are not children with no rights or standing; we are adult sons, adult children, with all the privileges and responsibilities that come with that.