TRUST: Adoption by Faith in Jesus


Adoption is act of adopting or the state of being adopted, so what does adopt mean. According to dictionary.com, adopt is to choose or take as one’s own; make one’s own by selection or assent which means to agree to. How did God agree to adopt people? 

Without doubt, the bible teaches that Israel were God’s chosen people out of all people. Despite that, it was God’s intention from before creation to provide all peole the opportunity to know Him and experience Him. We get an exerpt of a conversation between God and Abram in Genesis 18. Listen, “17 Then the Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do? 18 Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him. 19 For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”” All along, Jesus was the one Abram’s son Isaac was leading. It reveals TRUST: Adoption by Faith in Jesus.

Now in Mark 12, Jesus lays the refines foundation for how those other than Israel will come to know God. He reveals what God intended from the beginning to those in power in Israel. Because they felt their position and power were being challenged, they fought against Jesus planning arrest and to kill Him.

Mark 12

Jesus then began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a pit for the winepress and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. But they seized him, beat him and sent him away empty-handed. Then he sent another servant to them; they struck this man on the head and treated him shamefully. He sent still another, and that one they killed. He sent many others; some of them they beat, others they killed.

“He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’

“But the tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ So they took him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.

“What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others. 10 Haven’t you read this passage of Scripture:

“‘The stone the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone;
11 the Lord has done this,
    and it is marvelous in our eyes’?”

12 Then the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders looked for a way to arrest him because they knew he had spoken the parable against them. But they were afraid of the crowd; so they left him and went away.

Jesus shared the parable to further convey TRUST: Adoption by Faith in Jesus. In the bible, adoption is expressed primarily in three ways:

  1. that relationship which God was pleased to establish between himself and the Israelites in preference to all other nations (the Jews)

  2. the nature and condition of the true disciples in Christ, who by receiving the Spirit of God into their souls become sons of God (the Saved)

  3. the blessed state looked for in the future life after the visible return of Christ from heaven (the Life)

John 1:12 clearly tells us how one becomes a child of God – 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. Paul reiterates that in Romans 8:14 14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. Ephesians 1:13 tells us that “13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal,the promised Holy Spirit,” TRUST: Adoption by Faith in Jesus.

There are other verses that convey our adoption is through faith in Jesus.

The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”

Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.

the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption to sonship; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises.

to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.

he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—

You, like other whom I know, may reject Jesus as the Son of God and as God incarnate, but that does not alter or halt what God has determined and is executing – reconciling man to Himself through Jesus. We can reject Jesus and reject life as we are told in John 3:36 which says, “36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.” TRUST: Adoption by Faith in Jesus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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