“He predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ”
He predestined us to be adopted as His sons. This tells us that from the very beginning God had this in mind. It was no later thought or adaptation to circumstances. This was God’s will, intention and purpose and He acted accordingly.
This purpose of His was that we should be blessed with a higher dignity than even creation could bestow upon us. Once we were made ‘a little lower than the angels’ (Hebrews 2:7) but now as believers in Christ we are adopted as His children and become ‘heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ’ (Romans 8:17).
This new relationship with God is a present blessing. It can be entered into, enjoyed and lived right now even although its full and final fulfilment is still to come. In this relationship each one of us – as His children – enjoys free access to our heavenly Father. He is ‘our Father in heaven’ in a way that a non-believe cannot know or experience. And knowing Him as our Father we can pray with trust and confidence ‘Hallowed be Your name, Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as in heaven.’
Having destined us to be His sons and daughters, and chosen us to be holy in His sight – separate and different from the people of the world – we are therefore called to cultivate and reveal the family likeness. So Paul calls us to
“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children” (Ephesians 5:1)
It is because we are loved – ‘dearly loved children’ – that Paul will go on to say,
“and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us” ( Ephesians 5:2)
What characteristic of God have I begun to reveal in my life?
Holy Spirit of God bless me with the fruit that comes from You and may it grow in and from my life for the benefit and blessing of those around me. Amen.