Adoption is one of the most beautiful things that
we as humanity can do for another human being.
In adoption, we choose to have a child that was not wanted, or care for a child that the parents could not care for. When we adopt them, we do all we can to ensure that this child becomes a genuine part of our family. We give them our name. We provide them a home, clothes, and an education. We extend to them our love and remind them often that they were chosen to be a part of our family. Children, adopted or otherwise, are included in the inheritance.
This is exactly what God has done for us who have placed our faith in Jesus as our Lord and Savior. The book of Ephesians tells us that we have been adopted into God’s family. We who were lost in the world, have found a home in God. So fully have we become His children, that He gave us His own Spirit to testify to our hearts that we are the children of God and that God has now become our Abba – an Aramaic word for Papa (Rom. 8). We are now wanted and loved, cared for, and even given an inheritance as a child of God! Amazing! But please know, it is even more amazing than that!
As beautiful as adoption is, there is one thing
earthly parents simply can't do for their adopted children.
They cannot give adopted children their nature, their genetics.
When God adopts us He, in His miracle working power, does what earthly parents cannot do. The Bible tells us that we were not only adopted into God’s family, we were also birthed into it with a Spirit birth (John 3). Or, as I John puts it, we've been born from above. God has put His Spirit in our spirit, so that we have become partakers of His own divine nature (II Pet 1). In Christ, we are as much God's children as Jesus Himself!
Because of what Jesus has done, we have the authority
to be called the birthed children of God!