Born of God
Primary Truth Taught- The new birth brings sinners into the family of God
as sons and daughters
Scholars have called the Doctrine of Adoption the apex of all of grace. If there is anything in the Bible that should bring the believer joy and happiness it is the fact that in Christ, God has adopted believers and placed us into His family.
Ephesians 1:3–6 (ESV)
3 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, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
I also agree with the Puritans who taught that adoption is a greater privilege than even our justification.
Justification has placed us in the courtroom of judgment and because of the saving work of Christ on the cross of Calvary we are justified, declared righteous before God the Judge of all the universe. However, because of God’s great love for us, He doesn’t tell us we’re free to go and release us as spiritual homeless orphans but takes us and declares us to be His very own children. Adoption takes us from the courtroom and the street and places us into God’s house. We become His children. We are given the rights and privileges of children. We are given son ship status, no longer aliens and outsiders but made part of God’s family. God, then becomes our Father and Jesus our Brother.
The doctrine of adoption presupposes that we are not naturally a part of God’s family, but must be adopted into that family through an action of God. This biblical teaching strongly opposes the mindset of our culture that assumes everybody is a child of God.
The secular world, if it believes in God at all, believes that everyone is a child of God. That’s simply not the case.
Every time I preach a funeral for a lost person, the family believes that their loved one is somehow in heaven. The Bible is clear, there are two main groups of people, the children of God and the children of the devil.
John 8:37–44 (ESV)
37 I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you. 38 I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your father.”
39 They answered him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would be doing the works Abraham did, 40 but now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. This is not what Abraham did. 41 You are doing the works your father did.” They said to him, “We were not born of sexual immorality. We have one Father—even God.” 42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I came not of my own accord, but he sent me. 43 Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word. 44 You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
Human Need Met
We must understand to what lengths God went in order to adopt you and place you into His family. If you are a believer, you have been brought into God’s family and given son and daughter status. He has given you a place, privileges; power to overcome the world, and eternity with Him. Because God is our Father, He has places His eternal love upon us as His children. He goes out of His way to strengthen and support you. He will forever keep you and guard you. You are His.