Questions for observation and application:
In Ephesians 1:5, what does God do and why does he do it?
From Romans 8, list at least two implications of our adoption?
Just as it is “in Christ” that we are blessed and “in him” we are chosen, so we receive “adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ.” While adoption in Roman society was rare, the audience to this letter would have likely made a connection to God’s relationship with Israel: “When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son” (Hosea 11:1, also Romans 9:4). God’s adoption of Israel established a special relationship with them, just as His adoption of us through Christ does for us, and this by His pleasure and will. The implications of this adoption are expanded in Romans 8:14-17.
In what ways do you continue to live as a slave, instead of as a son or daughter of God?
Thank God that he has adopted you as his child.
Bonus Reading: Psalm 119:25-32