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Fundamental Question #2: Is Paul’s Language of Adoption to Be Taken Literally or Metaphorically? (Continued) Conservative theologians are united in their belief that God’s adoptive grace in Christ is a reality ~ indeed, a wonderful reality! Some think or assume Paul’s references to adoption are literal, which is to say that God has actually adopted […]

1. Distinguishing the Filial and Familial Language of Scripture (i) Basic Facts about Adoption Having committed ourselves to construct the doctrine of adoption from the ground up, and having mapped out the six issues necessary for a solid foundation, we now begin to consider the biblical data. There’s historical and theological rationale for doing so. […]

We’ve looked at the apostolic fathers, the early Greek Fathers, and the Fathers who began writing in Latin a century or so later. Now that our search of the Latin Fathers prior to the Council of Nicea (325) is complete, we flash back to the Greek Fathers. We left off with Athenagorus the instigator of […]

We may be forgiven for thinking ancient Gnosticism bizarre and not worth refuting. Read the opening books of Irenaeus’ Against Heresies to see why! Whereas the early apologists sought to defend Christianity philosophically, Irenaeus (130-202 A.D.) countered the Gnostics by an additional or developing exposition of the biblical revelation given to the universal church. This exposition […]

If the first nugget dipped in historical theology claimed the neglect of the doctrine of adoption, and the second described it, the nuggets digested with the remainder of this first sauce will give us a taste of the main scope of the history of adoption. There’s not much that can be said of the apostolic fathers. We […]

There are four tendencies in the theological history of adoption which support the claim that the history is one of neglect. Firstly, there’s the almost or entire omission of adoption by many theologians. These include the apostolic fathers, Jonathan Edwards, Charles Hodge, W. G. T. Shedd, Thomas Chalmers, George Hill, William Cunningham, Abraham Kuyper, Louis Berkhof, and G. C. […]

Beloved Sons in Whom He is Well-Pleased

by Dan Cruver Published Oct 1, 2012

Beloved Sons in Whom He is Well-Pleased: Adoption and the Gospel. I don’t know what you felt when you read that previous sentence, but I felt faith and joy arise within me. In addition to an amazing lineup of general session speakers (Sinclair Ferguson, Michael Horton, Fred Sanders, Robert Smith, Jr., and Russell Moore), God […]

Together for Adoption Atlanta is next week! I can hardly believe it myself! But as has happened every year before, the many days, weeks, and months of planning and organizing journey together to one final destination: T4A’s 2-day national conference. As I’ve said before, Together for Adoption is NOT a movement, or even a group of Christians […]

God promised Abraham that in him “all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 12:3). From the very beginning, God’s promise to Abraham encompassed every ethnic and racial group. Jump ahead 1,800+ years. When Paul wrote Galatians 3:7-8, Jesus had already completed his redemptive mission by living, dying, and being raised from the […]

Here are all 12-parts of the series “Adoption within the Story of Redemption.” Below I have included a one sentence excerpt from each post. Part 1: “What do you first think of when you hear the word adoption?” Part 2: “God seems to be awakening the church to the importance of Scripture’s teaching on our […]

This series on the importance of adoption within the story of redemption began on December 31, 2008 (you can read the entire series here). The final installment of this series has been a long time coming. I think the delay is fitting, though, given that we are still awaiting the happy ending of the story of redemption.  […]

In part 10 we briefly considered the primary significance of the “Abba! Father!” cry: God the Father, in his great wisdom and grace, sent the Spirit into our hearts to cry “Abba! Father!” in order that our longing for the redemption of our bodies—when we experience the full realization of our adoption and forever live as […]

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