A Little Time With The 1689: Day 201

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Day 201

Of Adoption.

Chapter 12.

“…yet never cast off, but sealed to the day of redemption, and inherit the promises as heirs of everlasting salvation.”

Scripture Lookup

Lamentations 3:31
Ephesians 4:30
Hebrews 1:14, 6:12

Reflection

Several years ago there were a couple of high-profile news stories about parents who no longer wished to care for their adopted children. The reasons given by the adults included: the children were too violent, were not what they expected, and that they were unable to bond with them. The kids did not measure up, and so the parents gave up.

We are told through Scripture that the elect receive the grace of adoption. Believers have God’s name put upon them, are enabled to call Him “Abba, Father”, and can boldly access the throne of grace. We hear that our heavenly Father will care for us, protect us, provide for us. He will also lovingly chastise us. But will He ever give us up? Does He know what He’s getting into, dealing with such sinners are we are?

God does not cast off His elect. His seal has been put upon us, and it will never be broken. Despite our corruption that remains with us in this life, He always remains with us constantly until the end, and works in us to conform us to His image. Adopted as “sons”, we will receive the full inheritance like eldest sons in a family traditionally did. What will we inherit?¬† Everlasting life, forever in the presence of our Lord. Nothing is going to separate us from His love:

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. -Romans 8:38-9

“O Love that will not let me go!”

Questions to Consider

  • If God does not change (and He doesn’t), then how does that affect your salvation?
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