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Meditations on My Adoption by God

by Dan Cruver Published Apr 23, 2009

I spent some time this morning meditating on Ephesians 1:4b-6  and answering several questions. Below you’ll find some of my thoughts.

“In love [the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ] predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.”   ~ Ephesians 1:4b-6

1.  What do these verses tell me about God?

  • God seeks the intimacy of a Father/son relationship with me. He predestined me to it long before I took my first breath.
  • God is all-gracious and loving. His predestinating work was not an unfeeling action. He did it in love (v. 4) to bring me to himself. In his grace God guaranteed my security and eternal happiness before time even began.

2.  What do these verses tell me about myself?

  • I am loved profoundly and eternally. It’s a love that I cannot forfeit because all who are predestined are also glorified (Romans 8:30). I cannot lose God’s unearned love.
  • I am a recipient of free grace (v. 6). By myself I am so bad off (Ephesians 2) that apart from grace I live in enmity with God not sonship.

3.  What do these verses tell me about Jesus?

  • Jesus is the love of his Father’s life. He is the Beloved (v. 6).
  • Jesus is my sonship (v. 6). Paul could have merely said that God freely bestowed his grace on us “in Christ,” but he didn’t. Instead, Paul said blessed us freely “in the Beloved” (v. 6). This means that I am loved even as the Son is loved. I am more loved than I can possibly imagine.
  • Jesus dealt with my sin through his blood. My sin had to be dealt with in order for me to be God’s son through adoption. I was born into this world dead in sins (Ephesians 2:1) and a “child of wrath” by nature (Ephesians 2:3). At the cross Jesus was treated as if he were the “child of wrath” by nature. God “bestowed” upon Jesus the full weight and measure of his wrath so that we could receive adoption as sons. This is amazing grace.

4.  What would I be like if these truths were explosively alive in my innermost being?

  • I would awake each morning filled with joy. I would not doubt God’s kindness toward me or his providential care for me. Circumstances would not “control” me. I would navigate through the events of each day with a spirit of gratitude and thanksgiving. I would not be easily discouraged.
  • I would love others even as I am loved.  Wow. I would prefer others above myself knowing that I already have more than can be imagined.

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