Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The secret of the mystery. Part 113. The mystery of adoption.
Thursday, May 25, 2006
When Jesus says He is in the Father, we go back to His oneness and equality with the essence of the Father.
Humeis en emoi - uâ€™" e*n e*moiV - “you are in Me” = a radical change; for the first time in all history, Jesus Christ is in God, and you are in Christ.
Through the baptism of the Spirit you are in union with Christ.
Christianity is not a religion; it is a relationship, and the basis of that relationship is that Christ is in God, and we are in Christ.
The doctrine of the Baptism of the Spirit and our positional truth.
The Doctrine of the Royal Ambassadorship.
The Doctrine Of The Angelic Conflict.
The mystery doctrine of the Church unveils the characteristics unique to the Christian way of life.
Mystery doctrine actually tells the believer what he must do now that he is a Christian.
Mystery doctrine reveals the divine assets that God has given to each Church-age believer and His directions for using those assets.
In Scripture adoption means to be recognized by God as an “adult” son positionally at salvation and an adult son experientially at maturity.
The Latin adoptia (adoption) = exact equivalent of the Greek huiothesia = to adopt as an adult son.
If their own kids did not respond to this authority, they would look for someone else in society who was old enough to respond to authority, and they would adopt them Roman style so that the family name would continue with aristocracy.
Adoption meant to pass the family fortune and the family opportunities down to that person who was qualified to be a legitimate mature heir of the family inheritance.
Adoption was a way of recognizing superiority and selectivity in the Roman society.
In the spiritual realm, imputations at salvation are made as part of the ceremony of recognizing that we now have a plan and purpose in life.
Being in union with Christ, we are joint-heirs with Christ, and are therefore adopted at the moment of salvation,GAL 3:26.
Huiothesia = to place a son in the home who would carry on a family business, the family estate, or whatever it was that was important; it meant recognition as an adult son.
Adoption was a system of selectivity for heirship, in which a capable person would succeed another capable person.
To place an adult son in the home was a Roman custom for aristocracy.
It conferred adulthood on a natural child or on a child adopted as the heir.
Just being the son of an aristocrat did not mean you would inherit your father’s land, wealth, or title; you had to be adopted.
The family fortune and opportunities were passed down through that adopted person.
Adoption was the ceremony of proclaiming the heir to the estate.
Adoption was brought about as a means of introducing a stronger society in early Rome.
The actual ceremony was called adrogatio.
The law could not be reversed, so that as long as you were alive, you were the heir.
Adoption meant selection to special privilege.
Adoption refers to our equal privilege and equal opportunity under predestination.
It also meant rank and aristocracy not necessarily based on physical birth.
Opportunity means being willing to start at the bottom, willing to sacrifice, willing to work hard.
Once you understand and respect authority, all you need is the opportunity, but opportunity means starting at the bottom.
If you proved yourself out, then the time would come when you were adopted and received the inheritance.
Adoption = the fulfillment of the Father’s plan to appoint a legal adult son.
Adoption is the ceremony of opportunity; it is also the ceremony of aristocracy.
Paul also uses the word adoption in EPH 1:5 to show that God the Father selected each believer personally at the moment of salvation and adopted him.
Paul goes on to point out in Romans that we are “joint-heirs with the Son of God” because we have been adopted.
Adoption emphasizes God’s ability and your motivation, rather than your ability and the resultant arrogance which normally follows.
Your motivation is emphasized because if your volition is negative, you will never enjoy the benefits of your adoption.
Everyone who believes in Christ in this dispensation is automatically adopted as the heir of God.
Through the baptism of the Holy Spirit, not only are you adopted into God’s Royal Family, but you are a royal heir of God.
Paul uses the word to remind us we are spiritual aristocracy, the Royal Family of God, and to remind us that what we were before is no issue in the spiritual life.
1. Adoption anticipates great blessing and responsibility from the integrity of God.
2. Adoption connotes responsibility, purpose, authority, and a planned life.
3. Adoption means being given the rights, power, and authority of someone who is truly great and has all the power.
4. It is defined as the fulfillment of the Father’s plan as a legal adult son.