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Adoption is not a universally accepted concept. More accurately put, in some cultures adoption is esteemed while in others it bears the shame of second class citizenship. A brief look at the Bible, however, shows that adoption is seen in a positive light. Although no mention of it is seen in the Law of Moses, we see Moses adopted by a princess of Egypt, Genubath living as one of Pharoah’s children (I Ki 11:20), and Esther adopted by Mordecai.

In the New Testament, the practice of adoption is used to describe the state of the believer as being grafted into God’s family . Here adoption is seen as a gracious and loving act with the adopted person being fully accepted into the family of God.  The compound greek word, huiothesia, used in most of the New Testament passages comes from two words that mean – “to set” and “son” – literally translated then: “to set as a son.” It brings the idea that the person being adopted is given all the rights as a natural born heir. It is seen as a kind and compassionate act, one in which no distinction is made between the adopted and the birth child. So we, as believers, have been grafted into God’s family tree with no distinction as to our past, but given full rights to “boldly come before the throne of grace” as a full member and heir. We call Him “Father” with no twinge or hesitation in our voice because there is none in His when He calls us “Child.” Adoption, then, in the Biblical sense, is one of love and full acceptance.

Bible Quotes:


“When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, ‘I drew him out of the water.’”
Exodus 2:10 (NIV)

“Pharaoh was so pleased with Hadad that he gave him a sister of his own wife, Queen Tahpenes, in marriage. The sister of Tahpenes bore him a son named Genubath, whom Tahpenes brought up in the royal palace. There Genubath lived with Pharaoh’s own children.”
I Kings 11:19-20 (NIV)

“When the turn came for Esther (the young woman Mordecai had adopted, the daughter of his uncle Abihail)”
Esther 2:15a (NIV)

“Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name,
he gave the right to become children of God”
John 1:12 (NIV)

“The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. ”
Romans 8:15-17 (NIV)

“Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit,
groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons,
the redemption of our bodies”
Romans 8:23 (NIV)”Theirs is the adoption as sons; theirs the divine glory,
the covenants, the receiving of the law,
the temple worship and the promises.”
Romans 9:4 (NIV)

“to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.”
Galatians 4:5 (NIV)

“He predestined us to be adopted as his sons
through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—”
Ephesians 1:5 (NIV)

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