Today was a very special day, we witnessed in our family a rare and incredible event, the adoption of our grandson Ty to our family. We all went to the courthouse in the afternoon and there were a great many family and friends to observe the proceedings for a legal adoption and then we posed for pictures and just celebrated over dinner. Ty has been a wonderful young man and was saved his first summer with us, hearing the gospel and leaving me a message on night that he had prayed and as he put it, “aksed Jesus into his heart” ! And the signs of evidence have been there ever since, oh sure those others signs linger, ha, but there is a Christlikeness in him obvious to all who know him for any length of time.
The Bible says we too were adopted when we were born again, Paul wrote of adoption to the Romans, the Ephesians, and the Galatians. I want to single out one verse though in particular, Romans 8:23 which says, “And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.” Now we were officially adopted when saved, placed into the family of God but here the venerable apostle uses the term to describe that longing the believer has for the day when our adoption will be completely realized and we see Christ and He gives us our glorified body at the time of the rapture !
For Ty, today, there was great anticipation then relief when the judge officially declared his entrance into our family as final, the parents being reminded this was to be a done deal and their agreeing to it. With God also, there is no turning back on you once you trust Him as your Savior, no matter what sin you may commit even as a Christian ! He loves you as a perfect Father and there is no reneging on this contract with Him !! And one day we will all see just how serious He is when we greet His warm face and loving arms and see our glorified flawless body and enter heaven’s bliss forever more, Yes, CHILD of GOD, you too are adopted !!! WOW !!!