Ephesians 1:3-10

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Adoption Option


For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ in accordance with his pleasure and will. Ephesians 1:4-5

It is one of the most theologically significant passages in scripture, “In love, he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ.” I often used to wonder if a person could love an adopted child as much as a biological child. When I was nine, I started thinking about the adoption option when my parents began the adoption process for a 16-year-old orphan they had grown to love. I wondered if they would love him as much as they loved me, their only-child. Then I realized, of course they would because I had already grown to love him as a big brother as much as I could have imagined myself loving a biological sibling.

My wonderment returned when after a 10-year battle with infertility, my first wife and I realized we would not be able to have biological kids. Would we be able to love adopted kids as if they were our own flesh and blood? The moment we saw the twin boys we would eventually adopt and the moment we experienced the birth of our third adoptive son six years later, all questions about the depth of our love vanished. To be sure, though they were not our flesh and blood, they still managed to cost us a lot of flesh and blood over the years. In the same way, God's spiritual adoption of all believers is not an issue of sub-standard love. In fact, it is an issue of the deepest and fullest form of love that according to scripture is “in accordance with his pleasure and will.”