Evangelism Part 8: The Destination Series

Evangelism Part 8: Destined to be adopted

Just as people are destined to die once, and to face judgment, Jesus Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many. It was prophesied that he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. (Hebrews 9:27–28). Many Christians already believe that Jesus has returned and his human body was glorified and sanctified.  Therefore, to see him with the physical body is the argument of today’s millennialist believers against the preterist who believe  that Jesus already came back as he promised of coming back soon.

God is a Spirit and must be worship in Spirit and Truth and this truth was spoken from the mouth of the Son. We faithfully believe according to the scripture, Jesus has brothers, namely: James the Just, Joses, Simon, and Jude and sisters of the Lord (Mark 6:3, Matthew 13:55) that proved of Jesus’ humanity who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood born of flesh by Mary the daughter of Anne under the law. (1 John 5:6).

During Jesus’ baptism, a voice from Heaven spoke, “You are my son whom I love, with you I am well pleased.” This confirmed Jesus’ identity as the Son of God and being the Son of God, Jesus is God. Remember Jesus responded very well when he was confronted by his accusers and said that we can all be gods. The anointing of Jesus has given him (Jesus) the confidence to carry out his mission. God is a Spirit and that makes Jesus after he had given up his flesh on the cross is now a Spirit. Wherever he is, Jesus’ physical body is beyond our reach.

When the Spirit of God descended on Jesus as a dove, God Himself anointed Jesus as His Divine High Priest. Jesus then  became the final sacrifice which was without sin to atone for the sins of the Jewish People who were the hope of other people.  Christians who were called responded and they will be saved. John 3:16… Whoever believes will not perish but have everlasting life. “In love, He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will…” (Ephesians 1:5, Galatians 4:5).

Romans 8:15, NIV: “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him, we cry, ‘Abba, Father. … Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his children.” The Gentiles who humbly and faithfully submitted to the will of the Almighty Father, through adoptions they will receive the gift of salvation.

Romans 9:4 NLT: They are the people of Israel, chosen to be God’s adopted children. God revealed his glory to them. He made covenants with them and gave them his law. He gave them the privilege of worshiping Him and receiving His  wonderful promises.  Adoption to God’s family is the most ideal choice towards building a righteous behavior that leads to salvation.

Every adopted child deserves to be worthy of being part of the family because the child didn’t choose them but by them. In Roman customs and traditions, the adopted child had more rights in the family than the biological child. In Christian theological concept, if the Israelites enjoy God’s providence as the chosen people of God, being the body of Christ (church), we are adopted children of God and also deserve the right to enjoy the liberties and privileges given to them (Israelites).

When a gentile woman approached Jesus crying out loud asking Jesus to heal her daughter; “But Jesus did not answer a word. So His disciples came and urged Him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.” Jesus answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”…Matthew 15:23-24

Here’s what He said, as recorded in Matthew 28:18-20. “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you.”

Who are the nations that Jesus Christ commissioned to baptized? There are twofold interpretations of the nation in the Bible like the word world which is sometimes addressed to Egypt as the nation of milk and honey which means they have everything that the human desire. As to the nation, the Bible sometimes is referring it to a country like Israel or a group of nations in Mesopotamia like the Assyrian and the Medes or Median. An individual or group of individuals has been considered also as nations the same area where the interpretations need to fully analyze.

“I did not know Him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that He might be revealed to Israel. Then John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove and resting on Him. I did not know Him, but the One who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit descend and rest is He who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’’… John 1:31-33— Berean Study Bible

God is all in all

Bishop Joseph

Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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