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“"Taking the Position of Sons and Daughters"”
...that we might receive adoption to sonship.
Thoughts for Today:
The Greek word translated as "adoption to sonship" is HUIOTHESIA. HUIOS means "son" and THESIA refers to "position". Therefore HUIOTHESIA could be translated as "taking the position of a son". To put this in the right perspective, Jesus took on our punishment so that we might receive the new "position" as adopted sons (and daughters) of God.
The word "adoption" speaks of our privilege and standing within God's family; however, it is not the way we first enter God's family. Jesus explained this to Nicodemus in John 3:5-7: "Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.'"
The moment we were born again we were placed in an adopted state as heirs -- sons and daughters of God. This does not mean we are equal to Jesus. The Bible tells us (John 3:16): "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." Many times people find themselves far off course when they forget (or omit) what this verse clearly states, "His ONE and ONLY Son." If we remember that when we are "born again" we "take on the position" of sons and daughters, we will be free of any heresy and misunderstanding that would compare our salvation and inheritance through Christ with becoming equal to Him.
Although it is true that God placed boundaries and limitations upon Satan, as we draw ever closer to the end of this age, things will grow more and more bizarre. Aberrant behavior will seem normal. So what’s the Good News in all of this? Jesus died for our sin in order “to rescue us from the present evil age.” And if we've placed our faith in Christ -- we’re going to heaven. That’s the real reason to rejoice regardless of our present discomfort.
Questions to Ponder:
Many Christians stop short in their faith by only realizing what we are delivered from -- punishment for sin. Certainly it is a reason to greatly rejoice; however, we also need to fully embrace and understand the present-day benefit of our inheritance. Can you make a list of some of those benefits? What are they? Are you applying them in your life?
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About the author
Pocket Devotions are written by Mike Brooks. A retired businessman, he is Moderator of South Shores church, leads the Deacon Board, serves on the finance committee, and he teaches a Men's Bible study and the Men's Ministry. Mike has a passion for evangelical missions. He is the husband of Sherry; the father of Ryan, Natalie, Krissy, Rebecca, and Amanda; the father-in-law of Ariel; and the grandfather of Conner and Christian.