The Grace and Love of Adoption as Children of God
At the heart of the gospel is the adoptive purposes of God. From before time, God determined to receive unto himself those sinners who were not his beloved, and make them his beloved through adopting them as children through Jesus Christ. Ephesians 1:4-5 reminds us that God, “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…” There is an amazing grace, an all-excelling love in that we, who were by nature children of wrath, have become by grace through faith children of God. Take a moment and contemplate the glories of your union with Christ and how through that union you are not just saved and justified, but you are heirs of God – his children living and growing in his household, under his benevolent care.
Wilhelmus a’ Brakel, in The Christian’s Reasonable Service, tells us that through Christ, God has taken us, “From being a child of the devil to becoming a child of God, from being a child of wrath to becoming objects of God’s favor, from a child of condemnation to becoming an heir of all the promises and a possessor of all blessings, and to be exalted from the greatest misery to the highest felicity – this is something that exceeds all comprehension and all adoration.”