A Sermon on Ephesians 1:5
he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, (ESV)
We are adopted by God! He choose us! With careful attention to the details of Paul’s letters, Dr. Marytn Lloyd-Jones explores the purpose of salvation and the implications of being adopted into God's family. To grasp the significance of this doctrine, we learn that the term adoption emphasizes the standing and rank of the chosen child. Adoption and regeneration are not the same though. The Doctor explains that regeneration address the Christian's nature, whereas adoption is about the legal standing of the child. Adoption is the highest expression of God’s love towards us! It is the love of a father for his child, the love of God for His creation. As children of God, we must live holy in keeping with our identity. The privileges of God’s household are found throughout Paul’s letters. We are His sons and daughters and as the Scriptures say, we are heirs with Christ.