Adoption

Lesson Purpose: To help the believer understand what it means to be adopted into the family of God and released from slavery of sin and the law. Adoption into His family brings the rights and privileges of free son ship: Romans 8:15 says “So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” .

Lesson Outline:

1. Son ship through the Holy Spirit

2. By faith in Christ

3. Heir ship with Christ

4. Testified to by the Holy Spirit

5. The Nature of the Inheritance

6. Requirements of this State

7. Adoption of the Gentiles through the Gospel

DefinedAdoption is the act of leaving one's natural family and entering into the privileges and responsibilities of another. In the Bible, adoption is one of several family-related terms used to describe the process of salvation and its subsequent benefits. God is a father who graciously adopts believers in Christ into his spiritual family and grants them all the privileges of heir ship. Salvation is much more than forgiveness of sins and deliverance from condemnation; it is also a position of great blessing. Believers are children of God.

1. Son ship through the Holy Spirit

Romans 8:14-15 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. 15 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”

2. By faith in Christ

John 1:12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.

Ga. 3:26 For you are all children[a] of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

Ep. 1:5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.

3. Heir ship with Christ

Ro. 8:17 And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.

4. Testified to by the Holy Spirit

Ro. 8:16 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.

Ga. 4:5-6 God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. 6 And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.”

5. The Nature of the Inheritance

1 Pe. 1:4 and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.

6. Requirements of this State

De.6:5 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.

Jer. 7:23 This is what I told them: ‘Obey me, and I will be your God, and you will be my people. Do everything as I say, and all will be well!’

7. Adoption of the Gentiles through the Gospel

Eph. 3:6 And this is God’s plan: Both Gentiles and Jews who believe the Good News share equally in the riches inherited by God’s children. Both are part of the same body, and both enjoy the promise of blessings because they belong to Christ Jesus.

Outline is from the Dixon Analytical Bible

Scripture is from the New Living Bible courtesy of www.biblegateway.com

Arranged and modified by HKM 06/12/2009