A Little time With The 1689: Day 200

Day 200

Of Adoption.

Chapter 12.

“…are pitied, protected, provided for, and chastened by him, as by a Father;,…”

Scripture Lookup

Psalm 103:13

Proverbs 14:26

1 Peter 5:7

Hebrews 12:6

Isaiah 54:8, 9

Reflection

Through the grace of adoption, the elect enjoy certain privileges of having God as their Father. Some of the privileges bestowed upon the elect are:

  • pitied. As a believer, you are not declared righteous and then summarily ignored. God sees your weak frame and gives comfort accordingly.  “…a bruised reed he will not break; and a faintly burning wick he will not quench…” (Isaiah 42:3)
  • protected. Christ restrains and conquers all His and our enemies. God diligently guards His children. “My Father…is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.” (John 10:29)
  • provided for. All our needs are provided by God. Every. Single. One. As our heavenly father, He knows what we need better than we do ourselves. We can place complete trust in Him, knowing that His care for us is all-encompassing. “He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever.” (Psalm 111:5)
  • chastened by him. It is hard to think of this as a privilege at first, but when we see that such reproof is done out of love, we learn to welcome it. Such discipline smarts, but the balm of being drawn closer to our Father is all the more soothing. “For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and chastises every son he receives.” (Hebrews 12:6)

We are not left alone when we come to faith, but receive blessings through the adoption of God, who will never disown us. “…for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.'” (Hebrews 13:5)

Questions to Consider

  • In times of trial, how does the doctrine of adoption bring comfort?
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