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April 9: The Biblical Concept of Adoption

Galatians 4:1-2

“Now I say, [That] the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.”

Hebrews 11:24

By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;

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The concept of adoption as seen in the fourth Chapter of Galatians 4 and verse 5, ‘uihothesia’ in Greek, speaks of maturity; a state of fullness and perfection in maturity. It does not mean to be part of a family by legal right of which you do not have a biological relationship. The root word for adoption is maturity. This involves taking a child to a governor (mentor) to be schooled until the child is well taught and well groomed unto maturity, without which he does not return home. He can’t come back home until his mentor declares him ready for life’s challenges. The child is then brought back to his parents after that he has fully come of age. Princes and warriors before the 21st Century were particularly taught and raised this way. The process of bringing back that child to the house of his father is called ‘adoption’.
When you became born again, you were not adopted, as in, you were not God’s child by biology but you received the privilege of being a child by legal rights or privileges bestowed upon you. No, a thousand times No!!! That is not the understanding that new birth ministers to us according to the Word. You were born again by spiritual biology, the regeneration of the Spirit and of the Word (1 Peter 1:23; Titus 3:5). God Himself gave birth to us and put us in the hands of a Mentor- the Holy Spirit, in the Church, until the time of adoption, maturity, fullness and perfection; and He then hands us over to the Lord Jesus Christ without spot or wrinkle, or anything of such. So He mentors us and hands us over. The Holy Spirit is the Mentor that is schooling us, training us in the Word, building us up, and getting us ready for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. As you yield yourself to the Holy Spirit, responding to God’s Word, He perfects and matures you in everything; you come of age. The Word tells us in 1 John 3:1-3 that we are sons of God and that when the Lord shall appear we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is; and that everyone who has this hope in Him should purify himself, even as He is pure. Are you getting ready for the adoption? Are you expectant of the Lord’s coming? Are you yielded to the Spirit’s training in your life? Are you responding favourably to the Word? Get ready, the adoption is near!!!

My Solid Front (Confession):

Thank You Father for the Spirit of adoption by which I am taught of Your ways and come into the fullness of Your will. I receive grace to yield to the tutelage of the Holy Spirit in establishing me in the faith through the knowledge of God’s Word in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Further Meditation:

Ephesians 1:3-5; Romans 8:15-23.