Chapter 12: Of Adoption

PARA 1  – All those that are justified, God vouchsafed, in and for the sake of his only Son Jesus Christ, to make partakers of the grace of adoption, by which they are taken into the number, and enjoy the liberties and privileges of the children of God, have his name put upon them, receive the spirit of adoption, have access to the throne of grace with boldness, are enabled to cry Abba, Father, are pitied, protected, provided for, and chastened by him as by a Father, yet never cast off, but sealed to the day of redemption, and inherit the promises as heirs of everlasting salvation.

Ephesians 1:5; Galatians 4:4, 5; John 1:12; Romans 8:17; 2 Corinthians 6:18; Revelation 3:12; Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 2:18; Psalms 103:13; Proverbs 14:26; 1 Peter 5:7; Hebrews 12:6; Isaiah 54:8, 9; Lamentations 3:31; Ephesians 4:30; Hebrews 1:14; Hebrews 6:12 )

OUTLINE

The foundation of adoption

  1. It source: “God vouchsafed” (meaning grant as a gift a special favor or privilege).
  2. Its recipients: “all those that are justified”
  3. Its ground: “in and for the sake of His only Son Jesus Christ”

II. Five blessings of adoption

  1. Incorporation into God’s family
    1. to make partakers of the grace of adoption,
    2. by which they are taken into the number, and
    3. enjoy the liberties and privileges of the children of God,
    4. have his name put upon them
  2. Disposition of a son toward God
    • receive the spirit of adoption
  3. Communion with God as a son with his father
    • have access to the throne of grace with boldness, are enabled to cry Abba, Father, 
  4. Experience of fatherly treatment by God
    1. are pitied,
    2. protected,
    3. provided for, and
    4. chastened by him as by a Father,
    5. yet never cast off,
    6. but sealed to the day of redemption           
  5. Reception of the promised inheritance
    • and inherit the promises as heirs of everlasting salvation.  

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