The Greek word for adoption is huiothesia (G5206), and it literally means “son-placing”. It is borrowed from a Roman custom, in which a public ceremony is held during a child’s teenage years. It is in this ceremony in which the child, who possesses nothing and has no rights of their own, is officially declared a member of the family. Suddenly, the child is given the mantle of son (or daughter) and is bestowed with every privilege and responsibility of being a member of that family. The relationship between parent and child doesn’t change, but the position does. Now the child bears the identity of a son, an heir to his parents legacy.
This is the kind of adoption we experience as children of God when we submit to Him and come to understand our identity in Him alone. When we are adopted, we are truly “brand new”, legally and practically in every way. We have all the rights of sons and daughters by birth, and ALL of our old debts are CANCELLED. We are new people with a new Father.
“Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 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.”
-Ephesians 1:4-5, NLT (emphasis mine)
This is great encouragement for each one of us as we journey through life. God CHOSE us. He loves us and decided in advance, even before He created the world, that He wanted each of us to be members of His family. We are chosen people. We are wanted. We are worthy. We are loved beyond measure. It is not anything we do, but only who we are are, by God’s design.
This year will be a journey of discovering who we are as children of God, but for now we rest in the fact that we are adopted children, sons and daughters with full rights and privileges, heirs to the King of kings and Lord of lords.
Enjoy the View,