FRIDAY, JANUARY 4
Scripture: Ephesians 1:5, Romans 8:23, Romans 9:1-4
How serious is the adoption of Exodus 33 and 34? It is a major advance in the developmental relationship between God and man! Ephesians 1:5 explains the God-side of adoption. It says, “Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself according to the good pleasure of His will to the praise of the glory of His grace by which He has made us accepted.” The gift of adoption proves the acceptance! The adoption is offered as legal proof that we are accepted by Christ! God has carefully and purposely chosen the strong and binding term ‘adoption’ to make a point that we are His family and bear His name and share in His inheritance. The Greek word for adoption is hwee-oth-es-ee-ah and it appears only 5 times in the Greek New Testament. The first time is in Romans 8:15 where it says “You did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, Abba Father.” Romans 8:23 goes on to say, “Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.” In Romans 9:3-4 Paul laments, “For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh, who are Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises;…” Relationship starts with adoption! That adoption is only complete in Christ!