so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. 6 Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” 7 Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God, (4:5-7).
Do those words not take your breath away? We are Adopted… as His sons. Adoption is a choice parents make. And He made that choice! He chose us, though we were once enslaved; and set us free to experience Him through a personal and intimate relationship as His sons; set free to receive our inheritance through God!
A side note: because the Greek refers to the adoption of His sons, in no wise excludes females. Remember, we are viewed through only one lens when we belong to Him by faith… we are one in Christ.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus, (Galatians 3:28).
The weight of the legal transaction, and all it incurred, would be understood in this phrase, adoption as sons; for in the culture of that day, sons would become heirs to their fathers’ fortunes; and daughters, through marriage, would typically be united to a new family. And don’t forget that in Scripture, both adoption and marriage depict our relationship with Christ.
For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” (Romans 8:15).
For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. 32 This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church, (Ephesians 5:31-32).
In these two most loving and dearest of human relationships, we gain an inkling of His heart to Make Us His Own.
I love being able to see the meaning of the original language that presents a more comprehensive view of the intent of the writer. It will be well worth our time to carefully read and ponder the definition of adoption of sons below; a compound word in the Greek that could be translated “son placed.”
Adoption as sons:
“5206. υἱοθεσίαhuiothesía; gen. huiothesías, fem. noun from huiós (5207), son, and títhēmi (5087), to place. Adoption, receiving into the relationship of a child. In the NT, figuratively meaning adoption, sonship, spoken of the state of those whom God through Christ adopts as His sons and thus makes heirs of His covenanted salvation.
Huiothesía is a technical term used only by Paul five times (Rom. 8:15, 23; 9:4; Gal. 4:5; Eph. 1:5)… Paul in these passages is alluding to a Greek and Roman custom rather than a Hebrew one. Since huiothesía was a technical term in Roman law for an act that had specific legal and social effects, there is much probability that Paul had some reference to that in his use of the word. Adoption, when thus legally performed, put a man in every respect in the position of a son by birth to him who had adopted him, so that he possessed the same rights and owed the same obligations. Being a huiós, a son, involves the conformity of the child that has the life of God in him to the image, purposes, and interests of God and that spiritual family into which he is born…” Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance
“35.53 ἀναιρέομαι; υἱοθεσία, ας f: to formally and legally declare that someone who is not one’s own child is henceforth to be treated and cared for as one’s own child, including complete rights of inheritance— ‘to adopt, adoption.’… In a number of languages adoption is spoken of as ‘making a child a son’ or ‘causing a child to become a daughter.’ In some instances the equivalent expression is merely ‘to treat someone as a son’ or ‘… daughter.’” Louw- Nida Greek English Lexicon of the New Testament
When we place our faith in Jesus Christ for our salvation, God Adopts Us and Make Us His Own; placing us, as His children, into His family.
Consider Him Who Has Made Us His Own through Adoption
- He Has Made Us His Own through Adoption to release us from our slavery, and to refute fear by His love.
- For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” (Romans 8:15).
- He Has Made Us His Own through Adoption to redeem us from the Law.
- so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. (Galatians 4:5).
- He Has Made Us His Own through Adoption to restore our relationship with Him as our Father.
- Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” (Galatians 4:6).
- He Has Made Us His Own through Adoption to reinstate our spiritual fortune in Him.
- Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God, (Galatians 4:7).
- He Has Made Us His Own through Adoption to recreate us by His life, that we would grow in His image, purposes and interests.
- just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love 5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, (Ephesians 1:4-5).
How do we respond to Him Who Has Made Us His Own through Adoption?
It’s almost too much to believe; that the Creator of the universe has chosen to Make Us His Own. But it’s true.
But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob,
And He who formed you, O Israel,
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name; you are Mine! (Isaiah 43:1).
And while it is true that we are His children and He has Made Us Own through Adoption, we are not all that we will be. And this can result in a tug of war of sorts; and unfortunately, can sometimes inflame a defeatist mindset that we don’t quite bear the family resemblance as one of His Own. But even a spiritual giant, like Paul, felt the same way.
And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body, (Romans 8:23).
But, in truth, if we are all one in Christ; there are no giants… we are all His children awaiting our inheritance. And He has placed each of us in His family, exactly as He has desired. We don’t have to fear that we don’t measure up, for everything is measured solely by what Christ has done on our behalf. Let’s enjoy the amazing blessings of being His kid! When the Creator and King of the Universe is our Abba Daddy, what can possibly get in our way?
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? (Romans 8:31-32)
- Oh, that we would live as those who know and believe His love releases us from our slavery to fear. He loved us first; and Has Made Us His Own through Adoption.
- We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. 19 We love, because He first loved us, (1 John 4:16-19).
- May a day never pass that we don’t lose our breath with thanksgiving for His rescue, forgiveness and redemption, and for Making Us His Own through Adoption.
- giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light. 13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins, (Colossians 1:12-14).
- Even when the world doesn’t get it, He Has Made Us His Own through Adoption. Let’s live like we know it!
- See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him, (1 John 3:1).
- Let us daily live to bless Him with all that we are; for everything we need for this life and all of eternity is ours in Christ, for He Has Made Us His Own through Adoption.
- Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, (Ephesians 1:3).
- While He has Made Us His Own through Adoption, we must understand we are not yet what we will be. Oh, may we never give in to discouragement, but strive to live in faith and purity, that our resemblance to Him would grow day by day.
- Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure, (1 John 3:2-3).
- Let us ask Him to grow us in our understanding of the true struggle of this life. We are groaning for the redemption of our bodies, when all that we are will truly bear His image. Until then, He is working to conform us to the image of His Son. Oh, that we would truly come to that place of faith to accept His perfect work in whatever life brings our way.
- And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 30 and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified, (Romans 8:29-30).
The day is coming when His conforming work will be complete, and we will bear the perfect image of the perfect Son. While we wait for the day when we see Him just as He is, let us choose to trust Him as He recreates us by His life, and grows us in His image, purposes and interests. We are His, for He Has Made Us His Own through Adoption.