BLESSING #21 – Jesus’ disciples are adopted by God

Adoption is a beautiful picture of God’s diverse family.

Ephesians 1:5 he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will…

Galatians 4:4–5 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.

John 1:12 But to all who did receive him [Jesus], who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God…

God has adopted each and every believer into His own family! We were estranged from God, but through Jesus’ redemptive work on the cross, we have been reconciled… not only in relationship with God, but adopted and brought right into the family of God. What an amazing blessing to be called children of God – it is so easy to say those three words without thinking about the implications. We are not outsiders, we are not alienated, we are no longer estranged, but we have been adopted into – engrafted into, made a part of – God’s own family. Be blessed as you ponder that incredible reality!

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