Romans 8:16-17 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ…
There is something particularly special about adoption. Although we love the children born to us, there is a unique love that is birthed in the adoption of a child. He or she is chosen. There is gravitation-like bond…I’m sure I’m missing the expression of it. While there are exceptions to this miracle, for the most part there is purposeful pursuit of this child, sacrifices both socially and financially, challenges from government policy to familial drama. But the desire for this child is unwavering and undeterred. This child is bestowed with your name and is now a part of every aspect of your life. The child will inherit everything you have lived for when you pass from this life into the next and they carry on your legacy long after you are gone. This child is now your flesh and blood and your precious heir.
I have a sister. She has been adopted into our family by my father and she bears his name. She is altogether my sister in every way sisters are sisters. Even though the ebb and flow of the love between us is natural, we are not of the same blood. There are differences between our relationship and the relationship I have with my other sisters; mostly because we have been raised in different households. This dynamic has caused a separation between us at times; an awkwardness caused by forces we are not in control of. But all in all, she is my sister and my father’s heir. There is nothing he would deny her. If anything, there is a firmer declaration of her inheritance securing her inclusion on the sad day we lose our father. Most of all, there is a more tender affection in the planning of her future. On that day, there will be no arguing. There will be no negotiation. She is among his heirs. She is our sister. She will share equally and most affectionately from what he leaves behind. She will be commissioned, just like the rest of us, to carry on his legacy for all the days of our lives after his passing.
Although our spiritual adoption may share similar characteristics, it is made perfect by our divine Father in Heaven. Our adoption is secured by the redeeming blood of Jesus (Gal 4:4-7). There is no argument or dispute; we are HIS. He set out to adopt us (Eph 1:5). He placed the seal of His Holy Spirit upon us as proof of our adoption (Eph 1:13-14). We bear His name. We are His people. He protects us and provides for us. He chastens us and corrects us as any loving Father does to mature us and strengthen us. Unlike our earthly adoptions, there is no awkwardness caused by any outside force or relationship as long as our hearts belong completely to Him. There is nothing to separate us from His love. He protects us and provides us with all we need. Our inheritance is guaranteed, certain beyond any doubt, “imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven” for us (1Pet 1:4). As His children we carry on in life as His children responding in obedience to His word, in boldness for the Gospel, and in love for one another as He has loved us. We carry on, led by the Holy Spirit as His ambassadors all the days of our life until He calls us home into eternity.
Galatians 3:26 …for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.