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The Privilege of Adoption


But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

—John 1:12–13

Salvation brings with it many benefits, but the greatest of all is adoption as children of God.


True faith in the true light brings the greatest of all privileges: “the right to become children of God” (John 1:12). People work all their lives to receive titles and privileges—to become vice president or chairman of the board. Others dream of being the son or daughter of some noble king or high official. But John holds before us the highest possible privilege: to be brought into God’s family and become his blessed children.

Having the “right” to become God’s children through faith in Jesus, we experience a change of status. Just as we adopt children, giving them all the rights of family members, God adopts us into a loving Father-child relationship. Jesus is God’s true son, and we may be adopted as sons and daughters in him.

—Richard D. Phillips, The Incarnation in the Gospels (P&R Publishing, 2008), 167.

Posted 2013·12·26 by David Kjos
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