Adoption or something better? (Or a different take)
Take a look at Ephesians 1:5-7 in the Mirror Word Bible
5) He is the architect of our design; his heart dream realized our coming of age in Christ. (Adoption here is not what it means in our Western society, it is a coming of age, like the typical Jewish Barmitsva. See Galatians 4:1-6, “ … and to seal our sonship the spirit of his son echoes Abba Father in our hearts.” This is huiothesia.)
6) His grace-plan is to be celebrated: he greatly endeared us and highly favored us in Christ. His love for his Son is his love for us.
7) Since we are (fully represented) in him, his blood is the ransom that secures our redemption. His forgiving us our sins measures the wealth of his grace.
Don’t think adoption, we were His from before the earth was made. We were made from his very DNA. He is our template. He is not example for us but of us.
It’s coming of age realizing who and whose we were all along.
Adoption still carries a stigma of not a blood relative. We are all blood relatives. He is our dad.
The Gospel is not something for us to accept but the in fact the Gospel is that he has accepted us before the earth was formed.
When you know who you are…
… through the anointed One, he gave us (all mankind) every spiritual blessing which he had in heavenly places. Because he loved us ( all inclusive) he chose us (all inclusive and unconditionally) before the foundation of the world (before we had a chance to mess up) to be sacred and blameless in his sight ( the only view he will ever have or know about you). He is the One who, before anything was created, set us apart to be adopted into HIS FAMILY through Jesus the anointed One.
This is the gospel this is the good news that you have a creator who loves ALL unconditionally and unconventional like too. The only view he had of you and will ever have is his perfect spotless child and heir. You are complete in him now not some future date but now. When you realize your identity and who you are it changes everything. What used to be sin management becomes a fading memory. Once you know who you are you really don’t want to do those things that bound you up with guilt and condemnation. Your priorities change. When identity is struck on your heart all things are new.
If you found out that you had one month to live you would probably change everything in your life. You wouldn’t worry over the small things you wouldn’t look at your daily interactive the same. Every moment would be lived to its fullest and you would drink in everything around you. The same effect happens when you step into the revelation of who God says you are, with the definition that God has declared over you!