Adoption

Ordo Salutis

Romans 8:14-15  For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.  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!”

The work of the Holy Spirit in us does not end at conversion, nor does our relationship with God end at being justified in Christ through His sacrifice for our sins.  We gain treasures far beyond what we can even imagine, and none of it is earned or deserved.  One of the greatest gifts of all is adoption into God’s family.

Whereas once we were enemies of God because of our sin, in Christ we not only receive reconciliation with the Father, but adoption as one of His own.  It’s often said that everyone is a child of God, but biblically speaking only those who are in Christ are truly children of God because we have entered into the family through adoption.  We get to become coheirs with Jesus and one day we will share in His glory (Romans 8:17).

God’s use of family terms in His Word to picture His work of redemption is beautiful and meaningful.  We may not always grasp the most theological of word pictures, but we can understand what it means to be children with a daddy who loves us.  Not just intellectually, but emotionally, as we grow in love for our Father in Christ and fellowship with Him (1 Corinthians 1:9).