Monday, February 16, 2015

ADOPTED BY THE KING


I am adopted, I am grafted into God's Kingdom. All people who accept Christ as their Savior have been adopted back into the family of Father God by the adoption price of Christ's blood and life. Yes, at one time humanity had the correct Father - Yahweh, Jehovah, Father God. However, humanity accepted another bloodline, way of thinking, and personality - the father of lies. With this decision came a rebellious nature towards Father God. 

A promised ultimate sacrifice for our redemption was made known in Genesis 3:14-15. Then a first-fruits sacrificial system was established by God to continually "accept" and show favor upon the sinner who did "what is right" (Genesis 4:2-7)We see that Cain and Abel knew this system because they each had their career and time passed within this system which is indicated by the phrase - "In the course of time" (Genesis 4:2-7).

The Ultimate Sacrifice has come and given His life. The Word of God, The Anointed One has visited us in the flesh - Jesus Christ of Nazareth. He perfectly represented Father God's heart of love (Father God). He was sacrificed for our redemption, buried, resurrected on the third day, ascended to the right hand of Father God in Heaven and awaits His perfect moment to return for His believers. Now, our part is - "we ourselves, who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies." (Romans 8:23)

Paul taught the believers in Rome about themselves by saying - 

  • "As he says in Hosea: 'I will call them 'my people' who are not my people; and I will call her 'my loved one' who is not my loved one, and, it will happen that in the very place where it was said to them, 'You are not my people,' they will be called 'sons of the living God.' " (Romans 9:25-26) 
  • "...the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; but Israel, who pursued a law of righteousness, has not attained it. Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the "stumbling stone." As it is written: "See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame." (Romans 9:20-22)
In Other Words... Believers in Christ have been grafted in to the Jewish Family of God.
  • "...if the root is holy, so are the branches. If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, do not boast over those branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you. You will say then, "Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in." (Romans 11:16-19) 
Believers are identified as "a wild olive shoot" in this passage. A big key in better understanding these verses is to study the original Greek word for "wild olive shoot/tree" (agrielaios). "Wild" means both living in the country and being fierce. This form of olive tree is feminine and simply means berry tree. So one might derive - before you accepted Christ as your Savior, you were once a fiercely producing berry tree somewhere in the country. Then you were grafted in to The Vine. Now you are rooted (pun intended) in Christ which brings power, love, and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7). Now you get your spiritual nourishment from Him and not some false root-system.

The Holy Spirit said through Paul to the church in Ephesus - "He predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will" (Ephesians 1:5). Father God's price for our adoption was the highest - His Word as The Son of God. In Psalm 106:35, David said, "but they mingled with the nations and adopted their customs." I encourage The Considering, the widows and orphans of the world to not adopt the customs/ways of The Father of Lies, Satan, the so-called god of this world. But do what is right and accept the Perfect Sacrifice, Jesus, as your redeeming Savior. I accepted Christ and I got Adopted - By The King!