April 9: Adopted Into God’s Family.

Galatians 4:4-7. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.

We ended the blog yesterday by saying that we are no longer enslaved to the elementary principles of this world. Our enslavement kept us in despair, always looking for a way out, but never believing that perfect love could rescue us. Until HE did.

How did this rescue happen? By the work of God.

God sent forth his son. Your adoption was orchestrated by God in eternity past. It is not some big random cosmic mistake. The Son is the eternal Son. He was sent from Heaven. This means he existed before his own birth. He is truly divine.

Jesus was born of woman, born under the law. He is truly human. He is both biologically human, and fatefully human- he had to keep the law to live. He was subjected to every rule of the Old Testament. And he kept them all. He loved God with all his heart and loved his neighbors; us humans. Jesus Christ placed himself under the slavery of humanity in order to forever free humanity.

All to secure our adoption.

If all God did was rescue us out from slavery, would that not just leave us free to wander back into that same condition? We would find ourselves still in need of a new life. Vagabonds, refugees, displaced wanderers left to our own devices. But God in his great love for us didn’t leave us freed to wander. He adopted us into his own family, brought us home, robed us, and gave us all the privileges of our older brother.

“To live is Christ” means that we are IN Christ. Being IN Christ means that we are freed from the slavery of the law and moved into adoption as sons. Wow! Is there any more glorious positional truth. We are sons and daughters of the king. What is the end goal of the Trinity’s redemptive plan? Sonship. You and I eternally relating to our God and Dad.

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