"For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God"
Adoption is one of most glorious doctrines in the Christian faith. It is also one that makes Christianity unique from other religions. Most religions in a general sense teach that if we follow some code of rules or perform certain rituals, then we are good with God. He is then beholden to bless or favor us. However, Christianity teaches that there is nothing we could ever do to earn God's favor and that we are enslaved to sin, unable to free ourselves. We are too far gone, lost, and without hope. Yet, from eternities past, God had a marvelous plan to bring lost humanity back to him. He had a plan for cosmic redemption, in which lost, hopeless, broken sinners would be supernaturally adopted into God's family. The gospel is essentially how God has redeemed His people from the bondage and penalty of sin, and has then brought them into His family. He has done this through his Son Jesus. We are adopted by being inseparably united to Jesus. This adoption is not temporary, but eternal. It is not conditional, but unconditional. It is not breakable, but unbreakable. We don't maintain our status as adopted children by good works, or performance, rather we are fully considered sons or daughters of Christ because of Christ's finished work. This is our assurance.
And what is the result of our adoption in Christ.....
- Every spiritual blessing in Him (Ephesians 1:3)
- Forgiveness of sins (Ephesians 1:7)
- United to Christ and indwelled with God's Holy Spirit (Romans 8:15)
- God is now our Father to whom we have intimate access (Romans 8:15)
- God assures of our salvation (Romans 8:16)
- We have a family inheritance (Romans 8:17)
- We have a family resemblance (Romans 8:14,17)
- We receive fatherly discipline (Hebrews 12:5-11)
- We have a sure hope in our final redemption (Romans 8:19-24)