Evangelism Part 9: The Adoption Series
Evangelism Part 9: Adoption is God’s righteous act
When was the first time you heard about the concept of adoption? What kind of adoption have you learned? From where did you hear about this matter? Does an adopted child have an equal right to other brothers born a biological birth? What does the Bible say? Is being adopted something to be ashamed of? Adoption brings joy to both the adopted and the adoptee.
The Bible mentions adoption a few times in the Old Testament, the New Testament, and Revelation. There is an ancient culture and tradition that adopted children have more rights than biological offspring. We are all equal in the eyes of God, and He has called us children worthy to be loved. Every adopted child deserves to be treated as worthy of being part of a family. We can say that the child did not choose the adopted Father, but the Father did.
Adoption is a biblical concept, and God allows people to give home for the fatherless as they need a family to call their own, grow with parental guidance and avoid being the victim of darkness. “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27
Moses was adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter (Exodus 2:10). God used Moses to save Israel from Egypt.
Esther was adopted by her cousin Mordecai (Esther 2:7). Esther persuaded the Persian king Ahasuerus (Xerxes I), her husband, to retract an order for the general destruction of Jews throughout the empire.
Eli and Samuel- Hannah dedicated Samuel to the house of the LORD under the care of Eli, the priest; 1 Samuel 1:21-28- He may have added his promise to Hannah’s vow to return his son Samuel to the Lord. Hannah named her son Samuel, which means “heard of God” or “the name of God,” to remind him of the circumstances and commitments surrounding his birth and that his life’s purpose was to serve the Lord. Joseph adopted Jesus as his child- Matthew 1:24-25
Jesus Christ adopted Us; He said: For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” Matthew 12:50.
God adopted Us “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God, and he shall be My son.” The New King James Version (NKJV).—Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.” Revelation 21:17 “New International Version
Even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love, He predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will — Ephesians 1:4-5
The Spirit bears witness with our Spirit that we are children of God, and if we are children, then heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him— Romans 8:16-17, ESV.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an imperishable, undefiled, and unfading inheritance kept in heaven for you— 1 Peter 1:3-4, ESV.
God is all in all.