GOD'S GREATEST BLESSING

The subject of God’s Greatest Blessing is: Adoption into the family of God.'


Adoption is the most neglected teaching in the church today, including evangelical churches. And yet it is the one doctrine that enshrines all the rest. For example, although the Biblical doctrine of Justification by Faith (being put into a right legal relationship with God) is the foundation on which the Christian life is built, it does not tell us anything about the privileges we should enjoy as believers.


The same is true of the Biblical doctrine of sanctification. This deals with our necessary growth in Godly living, but again, it does not tell us about the other blessings available to us as members of the family of God.


What the Bible tells us about adoption relates to every other aspect of the gospel. That is to say, if and when we fully understand the teaching of Scripture on this subject, we shall have a greater appreciation of God's entire scheme of redemption. 


To achieve this will, of course, involve serious study, but the knowledge we gain translates into greater joy and a deeper sense of purpose in our daily living. Not least, it deepens our assurance of the glory to come when we are recreated in the image of our Saviour. 'Dear friends, now we are children of God. and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is'  1 John 3: 2).


As with the rest of my books, this one is written so that those for whom English is a second language will, hopefully, read it with little difficulty. The richness of the subject is in no way impaired.





Here is  an extract from the last chapter:

A friend of mine said to me, 'Christians say they are looking forward to going to heaven but they move heaven and earth to delay their departure.'
 
Strangely enough, not long after he made this remark, his Christian wife fell dangerously ill.Lying in hospital in considerable pain she said to him, 'I want to die.'

I knew the lady well, and I do not have the slightest doubt that she was looking forward to being with the Lord.'

We all have a natural instinct of self-preservation, but God's children also have - or ought to have - a desire to live so that we may go on being a help and encouragement to fellow believers. But we know that some day we will die and it is a great comfort to know that we have a glorious future. We also have this great advantage. Having the firstfruits of the Spirit we talked about earlier, we have a foretaste of the everlasting joy that lies ahead. But along with this sweet foretaste, some of us have to endure the suffering that an ageing body brings.

Receiving our new body will be the completion of
our adoption.

 

  A watercolour of Scarborough beach
  (South Bay)