In our Sunday morning meeting yesterday, we were discussing our place in Christ. Scripture tells us we are "joint heirs" and "adopted" - Ephesians 1:4-6 reads, "For He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will, to the praise of His glorious grace that He favored us with in the Beloved." I thought, "How does God the Father "adopt" us through His Son Jesus Christ - why not just adopt us right out? If we are adopted children of God and joint heirs with Christ, would not God have to equally distribute His kingdom with ALL of His heirs? Somehow this was not measuring up to the mindset I have held to for 40+ years.
CHANGE OF MIND
To wrap my head around this, I had to try and see this through God's eyes in light of His eternal purpose. What has God always desired, from before time as we know it?
- To have a permanent dwelling place in this, His creation.
- To have a physical expression of Himself within this creation and
- To provide for His Son a bride, holy and acceptable to Him.
- We are His dwelling place in this creation, living stones being built up together (1 Peter 2:4-5: "Coming to Him, a living stone—rejected by men but chosen and valuable to God - you yourselves, as living stones, are being built into a spiritual house for a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.").
- We are His physical body, visible to the world around us - the Body of Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:27: "Now you are the body of Christ, and individual members of it.") and
- We, the church, are the Bride of Christ. (Revelation 19:7: "Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.”
1 John 5:11-12 says it this way: "And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life." God did not give His Son because it was the only way - He did it because it was the best way He could demonstrate His love for us. He could have done anything He wanted, but He chose love. The marriage relationship, adoption via marriage!