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God’s Spontaneous and Uncoerced Love

by Dan Cruver Published Jun 17, 2009

Sam Storms writes:

The biblical doctrine of adoption makes sense only when we remember that we are not God’s natural children. It is true that God is the Father of all men and women insofar as He is Creator. But many such “children” of God will spend an eternity in hell. One does not become a spiritual child of God by being the-singing-godborn, but by being born again. Let me explain.

My heart breaks each time I see or read about the orphans in such lands as Romania and Afghanistan. Communist oppression has taken its toll on countless little children who have been cruelly abandoned. They are alone, discarded, often diseased and deformed, helpless, and without hope.

It isn’t a pretty picture. It’s just as ugly when looked at spiritually. For we are all born spiritual orphans. Apart from Jesus Christ we too are abandoned and stricken with a fatal disease called sin. We have no family, no father, no future.

Here is where God’s incalculable love makes its appearance . . . “You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:26) . . . There is no saving relationship to God as Father without a living faith in Jesus Christ.

Being a child of God, therefore, is not a universal status everyone attains by natural birth. It is rather a supernatural gift one receives by believing in Jesus. Adoption is wholly and utterly an act of God’s spontaneous and uncoerced love (The Singing God: Discover the Joy of Being Enjoyed by God, 47-48).

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