Spirit of Adoption

Spirit of Adoption

Apostle Paul speaks about receiving the spirit of adoption. What did Paul mean when he used the word adoption? In our day and age adoption means to take someone into your family and treat them as if they were your child, also including them into any inheritance and all the legal status of a birth child. Adoption does not apply to true born-again Christians, when we are born again by baptism into Jesus Christ and receive the seed of the Father through the Holy Ghost, we in fact become His children – not by modern day adoption procedures, but by birth. Through the new birth we are called sons of God and joint-heirs with Christ in all the Father has for His children. We are also in the body of Christ of which he is the head of the body. We are also called the Church, the Elect, the Predestinated ones and a Royal Priesthood. Therefore, how does the term ‘spirit of adoption’ apply to us?

Paul mentions the word adoption in five scriptures.

Romans 8:15
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

Romans 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first-fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

Romans 9:4 Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises;

Galatians 4:5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

Ephesians 1:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

What does the dictionary say about the meanings of the word adoption?

verb (used with object)
1. to choose or take as one's own; make one's own by selection or assent.
2. to take and rear (the child of other parents) as one's own child, specifically by a formal legal act. (today's meaning of adoption)
3. to take or receive into any kind of new relationship.

The spirit of adoption is the spirit of change of entering into a new relationship, when we are saved according to scripture such as in Acts 2:38. We receive this new relationship by birth, we are no longer outsiders anymore, we are family. We may have been drawn in by the so-called spirit of adoption but when we receive that new spirit, we are no longer in a state of being adopted, we are new creatures in a state of son-ship, which is far better than the process of today's meaning of adoption. The 'spirit of adoption' is the Holy Ghost drawing us, when we receive the Holy Ghost we are converted from the family of death to the family of LIFE. Romans 8:23: Yes, it’s true when Paul says that we are waiting for the actual change of adoption to take place but, we do know that when he appears, we will see him as he is, we shall be changed, we will be like him for we too are now sons of God and we’ll have the same spiritual body as Jesus. The twinkling of the eye is coming soon!

The point I am making is this: When we become sons of God, we are no longer from a different family that has been legally integrated into God’s family, this would describe adoption in today's world. When we are saved our old body dies at baptism (Romans 6) and when we are raised out of the water, we receive the seed of LIFE from our heavenly Father, the same seed that entered Mary to produce God's Son. We are not adopted children at this stage, we are actually birth sons of the Most-High, for his seed has changed us and converted us from death to LIFE. Without going through this change you have no life in you, and you will be rejected. Without going through this conversion Christ says, "you are none of his".

We have been adopted, taken, into a new relationship with God through the new birth. This new relationship does not apply to you unless, you have been born again by regeneration and conversion. When you have been baptized into Jesus Christ you are called a believer, for all original believers were known to have been baptized. Don’t just think that you can say you are saved by calling yourself a believer and not be baptized – it does not work this way, even though many religions will try to tell you that all you have to do is to say you believe then you automatically receive the spirit of adoption, this is just another false salvation message. All the disciples baptized people into Jesus Christ for salvation, Paul was not only baptized into Jesus Christ by Ananias, he established all his churches with the salvation foundation of baptism and the receiving of the Holy Ghost. If you have not experienced the new birth, then Paul is not talking to you in any of his letters to the churches.

If you want to enter into a new relationship with the Father and the Son, then you must do so accordingly and precisely and exactly as required, DO NOT make up your own way to be saved – it will only end badly for you. There are far too many false salvation messages out there that have blinded many people from learning the truth of salvation. Can you get past all of the deceptions and enter into LIFE?