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Archive for June, 2008

The Necessity of Adoption

by Dan Cruver Published Jun 30, 2008

James Buchanan, a Scottish theologian and pastor of the 19th Century, writes the following about the necessity of adoption: “This closer and more endearing relation to God, which is constituted by Adoption, is necessary, in addition to that which is included within our Justification, to complete the view of our Christian privileges, and to enhance […]

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T4A Facebook Group

by Dan Cruver Published Jun 28, 2008

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“Not Second-Class Children”

by Dan Cruver Published Jun 27, 2008

Richard Phillips, one of our speakers for our T4A conference this fall, writes: “Adoption makes us full members of God’s family, not second-class children. It provides us all the privileges of sonship, with obligations as well. What are these privileges? First, we have a relationship with God as our Father; we come to him familiarly, […]

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Adoption: The Very Heart of the Gospel

by Dan Cruver Published Jun 26, 2008

Dr. Howard Griffith, Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at RTS, writes: “Seen in the light of the ultimate goal of God’s work, adoption is the very heart of the gospel” (“‘The First Title of the Spirit’: Adoption in Calvin’s Soteriology.” In Evangelical Quarterly 73, 152). If our adoption in Christ is this important, it should […]

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From Slaves to Sons

by Dan Cruver Published Jun 25, 2008

In his commentary on Galatians, Philip Ryken writes: “The . . . second purpose for Christ’s coming was ‘that we might receive adoption as sons’ (Gal. 4:5). Christ’s coming had an adopting purpose as well as atoning purpose. God sent his Son to make us all his sons and daughters. Christ accomplished our adoption as […]

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Conference Update

by Dan Cruver Published Jun 24, 2008

We now have all of our speakers for our Together for Adoption 2008 Regional Conference.  Theme: Our Adoption in Christ: What it Means for Us and for Orphans Date: November 1, 2008 Location: Southside Fellowship (Greenville, SC) Sessions and Speakers: The Good News of Adoption (Ephesians 1-2) Rick Phillips God’s Joy in Adoption Russell Moore Adoption and the Multi-Ethnic Family […]

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To Be Loved in the Same Way

by Dan Cruver Published Jun 24, 2008

Commenting on Ephesians 1:3-6, Dr. Michael Barrett, President of Geneva Reformed Seminary, writes: “The adoption of children is specifically defined as being accomplished through the agency or mediation of Jesus Christ (v. 4).  The Lord Jesus as the Second Person of the Holy Trinity is the eternal object of His Father’s love.  Christ testified to […]

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Adoption’s Assurance (Part 2)

by Dan Cruver Published Jun 23, 2008

“Christians often find it difficult to believe that God’s unfailing love is real. This is where the knowledge and increasing assurance that we are children of God is a refuge and shield against the attacks of Satan. Just as part of his plan of action in his temptation of Jesus included the issue of whether […]

The Foundation of Sonship

by Dan Cruver Published Jun 20, 2008

“The Foundation of sonship is based in the incarnation of the eternal Son, who became the Son of man, partaker of flesh and blood, that His people might become the sons of God” (George Smeaton, The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit, 209).

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Mark Lincoln, pastor of Crossroads Bible Church, recently preached an excellent sermon on adoption at Desert Springs Church entitled “Heirs with Christ: The Glorious Doctrine of Adoption.” (HT: Zach Nielsen via Justin Taylor)

Regarding the church’s understanding of objective truth, John L. Girardeau writes: It is needless to observe that its growth, in the history of the church, has largely depended upon the challenge of acknowledged truth by errorists, by the conflict of theological views, and by the thorough-going discussion which has for these reasons been necessitated. In […]

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Our Father which art in heaven…(Matt. 6:9). The doctrine of adoption has profound ramifications for the Christian life. If we are true believers, it addresses so many aspects of our walk that it becomes a dominant metaphor for our salvation. One particular area of encouragement comes in relation to our prayer life. First, consider in […]

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