Salvation Series : Lesson #8
In this lesson we
are going to be studying the subject of Adoption. Now for many this is simply
connected with being adopted into the family of God in connection with being
born again. But the question then becomes if we are born again as sons of God,
which we are through the new birth (John
1:12 ; 1 John 3:1),
then why must we be adopted? Spiritually we are the children of God by birth;
therefore the adoption spoken of in the scripture must be referring to
something else. With this in mind let us look at the word of God and see the
passages where the word adoption is found and see what it is in reference to.
The word adoption is
only found in five places in the Bible. These places are Romans 8:15, Romans
8:23, Romans 9:4, Galatians 4:5, and Ephesians 1:5. Below we will
make a chain reference for each one of these to show what is going on in the
Romans 8:15 (We have received the Spirit of Adoption)
Romans 8:23 (We are waiting for the Adoption)
Romans 9:4 (The Adoption pertains to the Israelites)
Galatians 4:5 (That we might receive the Adoption of sons)
Ephesians 1:5 (We are predestinated to the Adoptions of
children by Jesus Christ)
The second reference
above is the one that really shows us what Adoption really is. Note that in Romans 8:23 we are said to be
“waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of the body”. This verse
plainly tells us that the adoption is the redemption of the body. When we are
born again we are baptized by the Holy Ghost into the body of Christ, we are
born into God’s family by the new birth, we are spiritually circumcised and
sealed by the Holy Spirit. But nothing really happens to our body which is the
When Jesus comes at
the rapture of the church (1
Thessalonians 4:13-18 ; 1
Corinthians 15:51-57) then our bodies will be changed into a glorious
body like his (Philippians 3:20-21
; Romans 8:28-29). This is
the redemption of the body. For those
who were dead in Christ they are raised incorruptible and those who are alive
they are changed.
The reason that we
are said to have received the Spirit of Adoption is found in the context of the
passage. Note that in Romans 8:11
the same Spirit that raised up Jesus will also raise us up. This is the Spirit
When we look at Romans 9:4 it is said that the
adoption pertaineth to Israel, so what is this all about? Israel all through
the Old Testament was promised a resurrection (Ezekiel 37:1-14 ; John
11:23-25). Also in Romans
4:13-25 Abraham is said to be the heir of the world and it is connected
with a seed and resurrection. This same thing is seen in Galatians 3:7-29 with the addition of the fact that the seed
From this is seems
that the Adoption is really about the resurrection of and that through this adoption
we are connected with the family of Abraham as well.
Salvation Series : Lesson #8
1) How many times is the word Adoption found in
the King James Bible?
2) Make a chain reference for each of time the
word is found.
3) What is the Adoption really about? Which
reference from above shows us this?
4) How does the Adoption pertain to Israel?