By Frank R. Parrish

The biblical doctrine of spiritual ADOPTION is not widely studied, nor is it well understood. Yet this scriptural principle reveals important, even profound, truths about our relationship to God.

I encourage you to prayerfully study this biblical teaching on Spiritual Adoption. As you study, earnestly ask the Holy Spirit to help your mind to understand and your heart to receive this truth. If you do these things, the scriptural truth of Adoption will transform your personal relationship with the living Lord and reshape the ministry service you offer to Him and to your church.

The idea of adoption as practiced in our world today is one that most of us are familiar with. It is usually when a kindhearted adult takes in an unwanted or orphaned child and makes that child part of their family. Adoption of this kind is practiced in most of the world, and has been done for thousands of years.

The Bible also has much to say about adoption. However, when Scripture refers to adoption, this term represents far more than the taking in of an orphan.

What did the Holy Spirit want us to know about the concept of adoption? He inspired the apostle Paul to write: “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ’Abba, Father’” (Rom 8:15); “…having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will” (Eph 1:5); “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons” (Gal 4:4,5).

God divinely revealed a precious truth through the biblical writings of His servants that He wants us to know and embrace. Our modern-day concept of adoption is certainly wonderful and a tremendous blessing to any orphaned child. Yet, by comparison, it is but a shadow of the deeply profound blessing and purpose of spiritual adoption by our loving heavenly Father.