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The Persecuted Church




Our Adoption is what happened and will happen

Our adoption into the family of God begins by our regeneration which comes from believing the gospel.

The scripture Rom. 8:23 is about the redemption of our body. This is not the all the Bible has to say on adoption. Prior to this Rom. 8:15-16 “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father." The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.”

This has taken place, however this adoption of the body completes our salvation by glorification, where we no longer have a sin nature, incorruptible is changed and are deathless in the body (1 cor.15:22).

Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament states on this topic “Our adoption huiothesian (NT:5147). Our full "adoption" (see Rom 8:15), "the redemption of our body" teen (NT:3543) apolutroosin (NT:623) tou (NT:3543) soomatos (NT:4928) heemoon (NT:2223). That is to come also. Then we shall have complete redemption of both soul and body.”

This adoption is the complete change from corruption to holiness of the BODY. But the position we have in the family of God has taken place by adoption.
As Barnes write, Rom. 8:23 [Waiting for the adoption] Waiting for the full blessings of the adoption. Christians are adopted when they are converted (Rom 8:15), but they have not been yet admitted to the full privileges of their adoption into the family of God. (from Barnes' Notes)
“Meaning the redemption of our body-from the grave” (from Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary)

Ellicott explains The adoption.—The Christian who has received the gift of the Spirit is already an adopted child of God. (See Roman 8:15-16.) But this adoption still has to be ratified and perfected, which will not be until the Coming of Christ.” underline mine

So we have His Spirit in us that gives us a relationship to the Father because of our new position of adopted sons and daughters.

Agreeing with Rom. 8:23, Gal. 4:5-6 “to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father! Thus it shows we are adopted into his family called the Church.

Again this scripture also confirms this. Eph. 1:4-5 “having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself.”

The mention of our future adoption has to do with another aspect, our transformation. To say we are not adopted already would mean we are not his children yet. Yet the Bible says we are his children.

John 1:12 “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.”1 John 3:2 “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be.”

And this is when we come to the adoption of the body, where we have the finality of our sanctification process. We are transformed to be like the Son physically by the removal of all sin become immortal physically and experience our completion by glorification.



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