A small flame

A small flame

A New Family


The Bible talks about the way we have been adopted into God's family - I've 'always' known that. But, after reading Adopted for Life, those passages have new interest for me, both historically and personally. Adoption isn't just a nice metaphor Paul decided to use:: it is a truth that must have been intensely-meaningful reality for early believers who gave up everything to follow Christ!





"Imagine that you lived in a very different age, a land without electric lights or telecommunication. You've never been more than ten miles from your home. Your family doesn't talk to you anymore, and you've lost your job. You got caught up in this foreign cult, one that teaches that this executed insurrectionist has come back from the dead. . . you've walked away from all you've ever known .


And yet when you arrive at the house, with the rest of the fellow Messiah-worshipers, things get uncomfortable for you again. One of the pastors reads those old words, from one of the books of Moses. It talks about 'the uncircumcised' are 'cut off' from the promises of God. . . I imagine if I had been in one of those earlier congregations, listening to these letters read to me, I might have been thinking something like, “If my old life is 'crucified' with Jesus, then why should I remember it? If the Gentiles are 'children of the promise' right along with the Jews, then why do you have to keep reminding us we're Gentiles? . . .






It's not simply that those who trust in Christ have found a refuge, a safe place, or a foster home. All those in Christ, Paul argues, have received son-ship. We are now “Abraham's offspring” (Gal 3:29). Within this household – the tribal family of Abraham – all those who are in Christ have found a home through the adopting power of God.


We know the first Christians were persecuted. What we don't think about often is how lonely many of them must
have been. Many of them would have been told by their parents, their siblings, their spouses, and their villages not to speak to them again until they pulled themselves out of the fisherman's cult. The Spirit of adoption didn't' just wrench them away from their family ties. He gave them new ones. The Messiah they followed told them that those who leave behind “houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name's sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life” (Matt 19:29). Through adoption into Christ, the word brother really means something." - Adopted for Life Pp 27, 28, 30, 37
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