The True Gifts of Christmas: Adoption
December 4, 2022

The True Gifts of Christmas: Adoption

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Passage: I John 3:1a, Galatians 4:4, Romans 8:15, Ephesians 1:3
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1 John 3:1a See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.

Galatians 4:4 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. [6] And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” [7] So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

Romans 8:15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” [16] The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, [17] and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, [4] even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love [5] he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,

In a gift of love and grace beyond words, God, through Christ, has bestowed upon us the honor and status of sons and daughters through adoption.     

•       We are taken into God’s Family with a sense of belonging and access to our Father through Christ.      

•       Our Father cares for us.      

•       Our Father has provided a sure, eternal inheritance.

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