Ephesians One: On Adoption

Posted: December 29, 2011 in Ephesians

The book of Ephesians is a hotbed of theological debate, as one would expect from a book whose opening chaper includes no less than four references to the dreaded “predestination” word that scholars, ministers, and laypersons love to debate. I want to put that to the side for now and zero in on one simple truth that will hopefully bring you to see your relationship with God in a new light.

Look at what Paul says of God in verse five: “He predestined usfor adoption as sons through Jesus Christ.”

Think about that one for a minute. Before time began, God chose to adopt a certain people as His children. Now, we can argue all day long about what the basis of God’s choice was, but that’s not what I’m trying to focus on here. What I want to draw attention to is this idea of adoption, this inclusion into God’s family.

Paul doesn’t say that God chose to be nice to us, or to merely show Divine favor to all future followers of Jesus. He doesn’t let us come over to visit, or to even become distant 4th cousins to His Son…no sir. God chose to adopt us as sons, as daughters. As His own children. The amazing part is that He did this in full knowledge of what He was getting in return. He didn’t adopt us in hopes that we would always make Him happy. He didn’t adopt us in eternity past with fingers crossed, hoping for our perfect obedience.

No, God predestined us to adoption as sons and daughters knowing that we would be fallen sinners in need of a Savior. He chose to adopt us knowing that it would cost the life of His own Son. He chose us knowing that we would still rebel against Him, even as our Father. Yet He still chose to love us, chose to adopt us, and we will never need to fear rejection by the God who chose us, in eternity past, to be His children and the recipients of His love.

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