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  • THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN BORN AGAIN HAVE BEEN ADOPTED AS SONS/CHILDREN OF GODThe Doctrine of Adoption - The Most Precious Blessing of the Whole of the Bible!i Romans 8:14-17 Charles e Whisnant, February 26 2012Material in this document: (footnotes) 1. ADOPTION IN ANCIENT ROME 2. The Spirit of Adoption (Exposition of Romans 8:12-17)ii 3. The Children of Godiii An Exposition of Matthew 5:1-12 4. DOCTRINE OF ADOPTION
  • Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. (13) For if ye liveafter the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, yeshall live. (14) For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. (15) For yehave not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption,whereby we cry, Abba, Father. (16) The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we arethe children of God: (17) And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; ifso be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. Romans 8:12-17 Under Roman law there were two steps to adoption. In step number one the individual being adopted (almost always were males-sons) was released from the natural fathers control. This involved the natural father selling the individual as a slave three times to the adopting Father. The adopting father would "release" the individual twice whereby the individual came back under the authority of the natural father. However, with the third "sale as a slave" the adopted father then assumed control and responsibility and the individual was now absolutely free from the natural father. In the second step the individual who now had no father, since the natural father sold the individual as a slave, the individual came under the control and authority of the adopting father forever. The individual was no longer responsible to the natural father. He was only responsible to the new adopting father. The purpose of this adoption was so that the individual could take the position of a natural son in order to continue the family line and maintain family ownership of property. This new individual, provided it was a male, who is now the "son" became the patria potestas for the next generation. Believers are chosen by God and predestined (marked out beforehand) to become adopted sons (and daughters) of God. What does this mean? It entails two things. First, believers who were previously children of Satan, were "sons of disobedience" and "children of wrath" (Ephesians 2:2-3) no longer have any responsibility or obligation to their old father, the devil (John 8:38, 44). Believers are now Gods sons and daughters and God has absolute control over them as their father. God controls their lives, property, and their future. Since God is eternal and will never die, we as his children will be eternally under this control. Our new father has the right to discipline us as his sons and daughters (Hebrews 12:5-11). We share in the inheritance of our "elder-brother" Jesus Christ. Believers have a new status and new privileges as adopted children of God. Second, this determination of who would be adopted as "sons and daughters" of God was settled before God ever created the world. Just as orphans cannot choose adoptive parents but are chosen to be
  • adopted, human beings can not choose to be adopted by God. In Gods own secret counsel and mind lie the reason or motivation for the adoption of any human being as sons or daughters of God. - "...through Jesus Christ to himself..." As we continue to read on in verse five, it tells us through whom the adoption is made possible. This adoption, where we are released from the responsibility of Sin and Satan and adopted by God is through or by the means of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ through his death and resurrection makes it possible for the sinner to be adopted into the family of God. - "according to the good pleasure of His will..." Paul tells us why or at least by what standard governed the actions of God. The standard is the good pleasure of Gods will. This word is used in the LXX (Septuagint) to describe Gods actions. God chose to adopt us because it pleased him. God takes great pleasure in caring for His adopted children and in the dispensing of the riches of his grace to them. ivThis is a second reason why we as believers are to praise God. We praise God for his benefits orblessings to us. This benefit or blessing is something we had no control over. God took the initiative andpredetermined the destiny of some of humanity to be adopted as his sons into the family of God throughJesus Christ. God did this freely as he operated from his own will for his own pleasure. In other words,nothing compelled God to choose and predetermine whom he would adopt. It was not our lineage, ourdisposition, our merit, our value, our desire, nor anything inherent within us. Nothing "made", "caused"or compelled God to adopt any one of us. He did so from his own free will which was governed by hisown pleasure. Is it any wonder that God is to be praised? What are your thoughts on your adoption? vPaul tells us why or at least by what standard governed the actions of God. The standard is the good pleasure ofGods will. This word is used in the LXX (Septuagint) to describe Gods actions. God chose to adopt us because it
  • pleased him. God takes great pleasure in caring for His adopted children and in the dispensing of the riches ofhis grace to them.FOR AS MANY AS LED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD, THEY ARE SONS OF GOD. ROMANS8:14Nothing is more important in the interpretation of Scripture than to bear in mind the context. Nothing isworse than just to slect a verse at random, or to extract a verse out of its context. That is alwaysimportant in interpreting any Scripture; but it is unusually important here in Romans 8:14, because , aswe have already seen, in this chapter the Apotle works out and develops a very substained and closelyknit and developing argument.Now as we look at verse 14 and continues down to verse 17 we ask ourselves how does this statementsfit in to Pauls main argument?FOR Reminds us that this is part of what has already been said. Paul is arguing the fact of the eternal security of the Christian believer. This whole chapter is that of the Security and the assurance of salvation, or all who are truly justified in Christ Jesus by faith, or put it yet in another way, The theme is the absolute certainty of the final, complete, and entire salvation of the believer. Which I might add has been the theme of Paul as far back as Romans 5:12-21 where Paul really gives a wonderful argument for the grounds of assurance and of certainty of the Believer who is in union with Christ Jesus by faith. In Chapter 8:2-4; 5-11; The whole object of our salvation is that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not aftr the flesh, but after the Spirit. The ground of assurance is that the Spirit dwells in us.Chapter 8:12-13 Paul gives the practical exhortation: In light of all this you are not debtors to theflesh, to live after the flesh. That would be utterly inconsistent with your whole position as a Christian.we are mortify thorough the Spirit the deeds of the body.Then 8:14THE DOCTRINE: WE ARE SONS OF GOD Paul has talked about our Justification, he has talked about our Sanctification, and now he is going to speak about our Glorification. As I was studying earlier this week on Gods Plan for Eternity, God has a plan for those who have been born again by the Spirit of God and who are sons of God. Paul is really interested in the ultimate glorification of those who are born again. God has a plan a purpose for us. And nothing will be allowed to prevent its accomplishment.WILL ALL PEOPLE GO TO HEAVEN? ARE YOU A CHILD OF THE LIVING GOD? Is there a universal Fatherhood of God? or the brotherhood of man. Or universal salvation
  • Answer: Not all are sons of God.For all who are being led by the Spirit of God.Notice All who are First Paul makes it clear that not all are Sons of God, and not all are led by the Spirit. There are those philosophers who argue that we are all children of God. Some want to maintain, that salvation will ultimately be universal, and all of mankind will be saved. Some even believe in the end fallen angels will be saved. Self-deception and wishful thinking and a very popular opinion, not all all man and women are Gods children.Here is why that philosophy is wrong: John 8: 31; 44, 57-59 is a good verse to start. To the Jews Jesus said, Ye are of your father the devil and the lusts of your father ye will do. John 1:12; 17:9 I pray not for the world. This is part and parcel of the whole of the biblical teaching: The Bible divides all mankind into one or the other of these two groups. Saved or Lost. We are Gods people or we are not Gods people. We are eit