I love the term “adoption.” I just love it!
Before you think I’m nuts, let me explain why. I was such a cotton-headed ninny muggins. (Thank “Elf” for that phrase.) For most of my life, the concept of adoption was so foreign, so other-people-do-that sort of thing.
A couple adopted a child or more as a last resort, when they realized—perhaps after waiting for years—that they couldn’t have children of their own. Poor chaps, I thought, something’s “wrong” with one of them.
I wasn’t being mean. I was just ignorant. I didn’t know then what I know now, that if a couple is not able to conceive, God will use their circumstance to bless them with an incredible child through adoption.
I also didn’t put two and two together scripturally. Adoption is how we Gentiles become part of the family of God. Jews are naturally chosen by God, while all others can be “grafted in” (Rom. 11:17).
We non-Jew Christians are ALL adopted! Think about that. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that every human is God’s child. We are all created in His image, true. God has an immense desire to have those people grafted in, true (John 3:16). But we are not God’s child until we are adopted.
And there are five Bible verses, no less, that hit this point home. All five use the curious phrase, “adoption to sonship” (Rom. 8:15,23; 9:4; Gal. 4:5; Eph. 1:5).
This is why I love the word “adoption” so much. We are not God’s only-begotten son or daughter. But God makes a point that we are not just adopted randomly but to the same level of sonship as His Son Jesus Christ!
Please do not misunderstand. Only Jesus is the only-begotten (or born) Son of God. Only Jesus has pre-eminence in all things. But when we accept that Son of God in our lives, voluntarily conceding our will to God’s will for the rest of our lives, God opens His arms wide and says, “Welcome home, son, daughter!”
We now share in “the riches in his glorious inheritance” (Eph. 1:18), “marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory” (verse 13)!
And all of this because we were adopted.
And you know what? God doesn’t get bent out of shape when there’s still another adopted child coming into The Family.
I wonder why we do.