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Adopted by God
Our Future Adoption
Being adopted by such a loving and merciful Father is truly the biggest comfort anyone can have. In addition to being a child of God, we are heirs to everything that Christ owns. In Hosea 11:1, we can see our adoption in the context of the now as it states "When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son."We can see Israel's adoption as future in Hosea 1:10 "In the place where it was said to them, 'You are not my people,' they will be called 'sons of living God.'" In this verse, we can see how God promises to bring Israel back. The New Testament also shows evidence of this in Galatians 3:26-4:7 and Romans 8:14-25,29. In these passages, the word "heir" is utilized to point towards the present and future adoption. Therefore, in this chapter we will explore our: eternal inheritance, redemption of cosmos, adoption of our bodies and conformity to Christ.
Due to our sonship, we have learned that we are no longer slaves to wrath but God's children. Additionally, we are also His heirs and can anticipate an inheritance that is beyond conceivable. As children of God, it is natural for us to act childlike when wanting to know the secret of our inheritance. Romans 8:17 hints towards our answer as it states, "heirs of God." We do not only gain the inheritance that God has in store for us, but we also inherit God himself. This also supports what God told Abraham in Genesis 15:1, He states " After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: 'Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” In addition to inheriting God, verse 17 also tells us that we are also "co-heirs with Christ." Due to God being our Father and we belong to the same family, Christ's inheritance is our inheritance too. Essentially, we inherit God and the world in which Peterson states "the Trinity and the new heavens and new earth."
There are other places in the scriptures that confirms our inheritance. In Hebrews 11:10 states "For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God." At the very end of the Bible, Revelations 21:1-2 also describes the combining of earthly and heavenly dwellings. Not only will we be inheriting God, but we will also be living with God in this new earth.
Thinking about our future adoption allows us to ease the sufferings we are facing today. In Romans 8:18, it states "I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us." When we compare the sufferings that we are going through on this earth we are often easily succumbed to its difficulties. However, the glorification that God has in store for us, should allow us to put our sufferings into perspective. Apostle Paul talks more about our inheritance in "cosmic proportions" as he states "The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed." Paul describes "creation" with human qualities as he tries to explain its fallen nature and the future restoration. This verse also shows the creation's eagerness as it cannot wait for God's sons and daughters to be shown.
Jesus Christ who will come to redeem us through his Second Coming will not only be His revelation but our revelation too. Once again, in Romans 8:19 it states that the creation cannot wait for the "sons of God to be revealed." When Christ returns, the identity of God's children will be exposed. Thus, Romans 8:21 says that "The creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God."
In addition to our inheritance of God, Christ and the new earth, we will also adopt our bodies. Our future sonship emphasizes the adoption of our bodies. In Romans 8:23, it states,
"We ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoptions as sons, the redemption of our bodies."
We must await for this, as we do not have our bodies yet. We redeem our bodies when we are resurrected from death. However, there are many Christians believe that when a Christian dies, he or she will not have a body when they go to heaven. It is important to note that God created Adam and Eve as whole beings; body and soul together. Therefore, even in our present state we are connected with our body and soul, thus our eternal state will also be together.
In verse 23, Apostle Paul also mention of "the firstfruits of the Spirit" and "groan inwardly as we wait eagerly..." When he notes the firstfruits, he acknowledges the promise of the present and the whole blessing in the future. The promise (pledge) is the Holy Spirit himself. Therefore, our inheritance grows as we now learn that we also gain thee Holy Spirit. The "groaning inwardly" refers to the Spirit that is within us presently that wishes and longs for the deliverance from our sins and to be made new.
Lastly, our future adoption motivates us to conform to Christ. In Romans 8:29 states that "For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters." This verse allows us to see the final adoption process that involves conformity to Christ.
Firstly, the "likeness of his Son" reminds us of Adam's creation of His likeness and his fall (Genesis 1:26-27). The word "likeness" is then used to refer to Christ as the second Adam. Apostle Paul often refers to Christ as "the last Adam." Secondly, this verse reveals Christ as the true image. While Adam and Eve fell from glory, Christ as the true image suffered death in order to bring us to God's glory. Christians think of Christ in a higher standard due to the true image. Thirdly, we can see that Christ is God's unique Son. While Adam was also created in God's image, he fell and later became the children of wrath. However, Christ was different and served a unique purpose as Romans 1:3-4 tells us that He died and resurrected from the dead. Therefore, we too will conform to the uniqueness of Christ. Fourthly, Christ is the firstborn. He hold's rank and privilege. Lastly, Apostle Paul talks about the future and final adoption as conformity. We conform to Christ in his death, and we will also conform to Him in His resurrection.
Our inheritance gives us more encouragement and perspective while living on this earth. Our sonship gives us security and warmth, knowing that our Heavenly Father awaits us. We as sons and daughters of God hold a special position as ambassadors of the Supreme Being. While we await our future adoption, we can imagine the glory we will receive on that very day. Therefore, we must groan inwardly and continuously groan until we are redeemed and conformed to Christ.
1) What does our "future adoption" entail?
2) How and what do we inherit as God's children?
3) What does the adoption of our bodies mean?
4) In what ways do we conform to Christ?