Posted by: jonathan.chambers | April 28, 2008

The Beauty of Adoption, Part One

The Introduction of the Theology of Adoption

The doctrine of adoption is one of, if not the most, overlooked doctrines within soteriology. In general, when expanding upon the doctrine of salvation, people easily include election, effectual calling, regeneration, faith, justification, assurance, sanctification, and finally glorification. Yet believers never mention the doctrine of adoption, or in many cases, many might not even know that the doctrine even exists as an essential component of salvation. The doctrine of adoption as stated in the Baptist Confession of faith is:

“All those that are justified, God vouchsafed, in and for the sake of his only Son Jesus Christ, to make partakers of the grace of adoption, by which they are taken into the number, and enjoy the liberties and privileges of the children of God, have his name put upon them, receive the spirit of adoption, have access to the throne of grace with boldness, are enabled to cry Abba, Father, are pitied, protected, provided for, and chastened by him as by a Father, yet never cast off, but sealed to the day of redemption, and inherit the promises as heirs of everlasting salvation.”[1]

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