"He predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will."
Think of an orphaned child welcomed into a caring family. The child may have survived alone for years. Now he is warm, fed, bathed, clothed, protected and loved. Before we receive Jesus as our Savior, spiritually we are orphaned. We’re exposed to Satan’s cruelty, buffeted by evil without defense. But after we’ve been adopted as sons of God through Jesus, Paul declares that we are redeemed, forgiven, blessed with every spiritual blessing, and guaranteed an inheritance.
Like the child whose life has been altered so drastically he can scarcely fathom his new circumstances, the one newly received into the family of God faces a huge learning curve. To realize he has the full rights of a child of God is mind-boggling. One day at a time the mercies and privileges that are now his unfold. And what an exciting revelation it is! There’s no trial period to see whether he will measure up. He is embraced by the household and, like every other member, has access to unlimited resources to meet his every need.
I'M SO GLAD I'M A PART OF THE FAMILY OF GOD.
(WILLIAM J. AND GLORIA GAITHER, 1970)