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Evangelism Part 9: The Adoption

Evangelism Part 9: Adoption is God’s righteous act

When was the first time you heard about the concept of adoption? What kind of adoption have you learned? From where did you hear about this matter? Does an adopted child has an equal right to other brothers born a biological birth? What does the bible say? Is being adopted something to be ashamed of? Adoption brings joy to both the adopted and the adoptee.

The Bible mentioned adoption a few times in the Old Testaments, the New Testaments, and the Revelation. There is an ancient culture and tradition that the adopted children have more rights than biological offspring. We are all equal in the eyes of God and He has called us children worthy to be loved. Every adopted child deserves to be treated worthy of being part of a family. We can say that the child did not choose the adopted father but the father did the choosing.

Adoption is a biblical concept and God allows people to give home for the fatherless as they need a family to call their own, and grow with parental guidance and avoid being the victim of darkness. “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27

Moses was adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter (Exodus 2:10). God used Moses to save Israel from Egypt.

Esther was adopted by her cousin Mordecai (Esther 2:7) Esther persuaded the Persian king Ahasuerus (Xerxes I), her husband to retract an order for the general annihilation of Jews throughout the empire.

Eli and Samuel- Hannah dedicated Samuel to the house of the LORD under the care of Eli the priest; 1 Samuel 1:21-28- He may have added his promise to Hannah’s vow, to return his son Samuel to the Lord. Hannah named her son Samuel which means “heard of God,” or “the name of God,” to remind him of the special circumstances and commitments surrounding his birth, and that his life’s purpose was to serve the Lord. Joseph adopted Jesus as his child- Matthew 1:24-25

Jesus Christ adopted Us, He said: For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” Matthew 12:50.

God adopted Us “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.” The New King James Version (NKJV).—Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.” Revelation 21:17 “New International Version

Even as He  chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love, He predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will, — Ephesians 1:4-5

The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him— Romans 8:16-17, ESV

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to He  great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you— 1 Peter 1:3-4, ESV

God is all in all.

Bishop Joseph

Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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