>As the Dad of two adopted children (as well as two the old-fashioned way!) this resonates…but, even more importantly, I’m adopted thanks to Jesus taking the hit for me:
>Jane and I have two children the old fashioned way (Josiah is 26, Joel, 23) and two that God dropped into our laps through adoption (Janelle, 15; Jacob, 8)…Here’s a great and short video on the subject:
Coburn Family from Josh Sliffe on Vimeo.
“You will find it a stronghold in the day of trial to plead your adoption. You have no rights as a subject, you have forfeited them by your treason; but nothing can forfeit a child’s right to a father’s protection. Be not afraid to say, My Father, hear my cry.“
– Charles Spurgeon
“The Christian life is the life of sons and daughters; it is not the life of slaves. It is freedom, not bondage. Of course, we are slaves of God, of Christ, and of one another. We belong to God, to Christ, to one another, and we love to serve those to whom we belong. But this kind of service is freedom. What the Christian life is not, is a bondage to the law, as if our salvation hung in the balance and depended on our meticulous and slavish obedience to the letter of the law. As it is, our salvation rests upon the finished work of Christ, on His sin-bearing, curse-bearing death, embraced by faith.”
– John Stott
“Were I asked to focus the New Testament message in three words, my proposal would be adoption through propitiation, and I do not expect ever to meet a richer or more pregnant summary of the gospel than that.”
>Thanks to Justin Taylor’s excellent blog for bringing this fantastic summation of the faith from J. I. Packer:
“You sum up the whole of New Testament teaching in a single phrase, if you speak of it as a revelation of the Fatherhood of the holy Creator.
“In the same way, you sum up the whole of New Testament religion if you describe it as the knowledge of God as one’s holy Father.
“If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God’s child, and having God as his Father.
“If this is not the thought that prompts and controls his worship and prayers and his whole outlook on life, it means that he does not understand Christianity very well at all.
“For everything that Christ taught, everything that makes the New Testament new, and better than the Old, everything that is distinctively Christian as opposed to merely Jewish, is summed up I the knowledge of the Fatherhood of God.”
Evangelical Magazine 7, pp. 19-20, cited in Knowing God, p. 201.
Packer says on p. 202:
Our understanding of Christianity cannot be better than our grasp of adoption.