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 8:15)

Can you imagine a mother or father going to an adoption agency and telling them that they wanted to adopt a newborn but one that could provide for himself? They would be laughed out of the agency.

What is true about the agency is true about our spiritual adoption. God did not adopt us because of our good works, no, the Bible gives a very clear picture of what we were like when God determined to put His grace upon us.

And when I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live; yea, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live. (Ezekiel 16:6)

Notice, God did not adopt us when we were adorned with holiness and had the angels’ glory upon No, we were filthy in sin. But, God’s love is not contrary to His holiness. He did not simply wink at our sin. He does not overlook our transgressions. His justice is not contrary to His love. But, what Justice demanded, love provided.

For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. (Romans 5:6)

How amazing is His grace! He could have just cleaned us up and told us to do the rest ourselves. But the wonderful truth of adoption is this: He made us part of His family.

According to our opening passage, we have been given the privilege of being His son. A privilege which allows us to call the God of the universe “Abba” or as we translate the word in English “Daddy.”

How amazing is His grace indeed!

Pastor John’s Recommended Reading


The Case for Christ • Lee Strobel

The Case for Faith • Lee Strobel

In the Grip of Grace • Max Lucado

Principles and Practices of the Regular

 Baptists • Elder J.H. Oliphant

Shepherding a Child’s Heart • Tedd Tripp

When Choice Becomes God • LaGard Smith