Study of Great Bible Truths – Vol. 2 Lesson 15

Lesson 15: The Doctrine of Adoption

Justification leads to Adoption

Romans 8:15,23, 9:4
1. Adoption is the transfer from one family to another and the placing of one who has been transferred as a son or daughter in the new (second) family.
2. Adoption is that judicial act of God by which He confers or bestows upon us the status or the standing of His children. Adoption is a distinct work of the Holy Spirit in the application of redemption. As children of God, we are introduced into and given the privilege that belongs only to members of God’s family.

a. We enjoy the present protection and consolation which only God alone can give.

b. We enjoy the provisions that He makes for His children (nothing can happen to us apart from Him. Hebrews 13:5

c. We receive fatherly chastisement–If we are children of God, He is determined to bring us to glory and if we will not listen to His leading and His teaching, He will chastise us because He loves us and because we are His children.
3. Jesus stands alone as the Son of God. When we are born we are born into the family of Adam (man’s representative). When were are born again (justified), we are adopted into God’s family. Galatians 3:6, 1 Peter 1:3-6, Romans 8:14-15, Romans 8:38-39

a. Galatians 4:4-5—When the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law-for this reason– ‘to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.’
4. In becoming the children of God we do not become identical with the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Son of God by generation; we are the sons (and daughters) of God by adoption. John 20:17
5. Further Explanation:
In justification, God declares us to be righteous. He declares our sins forgiven and He accepts the righteousness of Christ which He has put upon us.

In Regeneration we are given a new nature, we become partakers of the divine nature. We become new creations.

Adoption is a combination of justification and regeneration. It is the new creature in a new relationship to God–as a child of God.
6. We are saved unto this adoption of children–Not merely forgiven, not merely declared righteous, not merely with a new nature. We are declared to be the children of God, the sons (and daughters) of God, heirs of God, and joint heirs with our Lord Jesus Christ. (What good news!!!!!!)
Next Lesson: What God does about sin in the life of the believer (Sanctification)


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