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So adoption is part of God’s predestining plan. It isn’t as though we got created, by sin proved ourselves to be ornery orphans, to which God then had to come up with a plan called adoption. That would be a totally wrong conception. Rather, there was a plan called predestination. He predestined us for adoption. And if you ask, “Well, when did that happen?” verse four makes that plain:
1. Your adoption was decided in eternity past.
Universe - God - Sin - Son - Believers
Before you existed, before the universe existed, God looked upon you in your sin. And then he looked upon his Son, crucified and risen, and then he destined all believers through that crucified Son to be forgiven for all those sins and be adopted into his family. All of that before you ever were. We were predestined according to the counsel of his will for adoption. Now, that has several huge implications.
You are not adopted on the basis of your fitness or worth or distinctives. You didn’t exist to do any distinctives yet. Therefore, your adoption is not fragile or tenuous or uncertain because it isn’t based on what you performed or failed to perform. It was decided in eternity. Therefore, it is as firm and sure and unshakeable as the everlasting purposes of God.
Church - Significance - Predestination - Firmness - Solidity
Oh, how we love at this church to exult in the significance of predestination for the firmness and solidity and liberty for love and sacrifice that predestination brings into our lives. What a wonder. Your adoption into God’s family through faith in Christ was planned before the universe was created. Adoption is from him.
2. Your adoption is only through Jesus Christ.
And adoption is through him.
In love, he predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ according to the purpose of his will.
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