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The Grace and Love of Adoption as Children of God

August 14, 2012

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.”

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  1. August 20, 2012 5:24 pm

    How great is God? My family and our good friends planned on visiting EPC last week several months ago. We were anticipating hearing the word preached out of Mark and to our surprise Pastor Carter preached on adoption! You see I have three adopted children and our friends have 5 adopted children and all of us were in attendance this past Sunday. How great is God? What encouragement, what excitement to hear how we are adopted into Gods family. The Lord also used yesterday in a special way as my eldest son (10 years old) asked many questions about his birth mom and even broke down crying! We were able to share the love of Christ and how much love we have for him.

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      August 20, 2012 5:51 pm

      Wow! How wonderful is the grace of God to us. I pray God comforts your son with the love of Christ, causes him to see that not only is he loved by you, but even more that he is loved by God unto salvation. Thanks for sharing! Hope to see you again soon.

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