Today you should read: Ephesians 3:1-13
“And this is God’s plan: Both Gentiles and Jews who believe share equally in the riches inherited by God’s children. Both are part of the same body, and enjoy the promise of blessings because they belong to Christ Jesus.”Ephesians 3:6
When I first read this I didn’t think much about it. I thought it was a nice truth and I was certainly grateful but it didn’t strike me until I re-read it to write this post. This verse really packs a punch when you read it through the lense of the Old Testament and God’s bigger picture plan. God chose for Himself a people in the Old Testament, the Israelites, a nation from the lineage of Abraham. God had made so many promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and the nation as a whole. Promises of blessings, long life, peace, hope, protection, and salvation in a Messiah. To list them all would take too long but the problem in the Old Testament was that these promises were directed solely to the nation of Israel, God’s people. But even then God had a plan to bring the rest of us into His family.
“And I will bless those who bless you (talking to Abraham), and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed” Genesis 12:3
Even when God was starting His family in the Israelite people He had in mind to adopt us into that family. This caused me to think about adoption and what happens in that process. Here are some things that I came up with that really parallel with our salvation.
- In adoption the one who has no family receives a family
When a child is adopted they have no family. When we are brought into God’s family we are rebels and enemies of God, alone and cut off. He rescues us from that.
- In adoption the one who has no love receives great love
Every family I have ever talked with about adoption has such a great love for the child they are going to adopt. I think part of the reason this is true is that we understand the weight of what is happening. We are about to give unconditional love to a child who probably has never seen or felt that love. We were dead in our sins and live in a world that only gives love with strings attached. God brought us into a family full of love with no strings.
- In adoption a heritage and inheritance is received where there was none
Most kids waiting to be adopted do not have much family connection and almost certainly do not have some inheritance waiting for them later in life. When they are adopted they get a new name and the promise of blessings and some kind of inheritance later in their lives. With God we are given a new name as well. We leave behind the names enemy, rebel, lost, dead, hopeless, helpless, slave to become child, brother, sister, hopeful, conqueror, found. And our inheritance, incredible.
“Now, if we are children, then we are heirs-heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ,” Romans 8:17a
All that Jesus receives from God we will share in as well. All the glory Jesus receives, as His brothers and sisters, we will share in. So at the end of time we will reign with Jesus and spend eternity together worshipping God because of His great and mysterious plan. Think on this today and, if you can, post an encouraging word about what this promise means to you.
Posted by: Robbie Byrd