The Spirit of Adoption

Galatians 3:23-4:7

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children.” –Galatians 4:4-5

When we worship Jesus, we worship both his humanity and his divinity. They cannot be separated. It is hard for us to comprehend Jesus as being both 100% human and 100% God. Yet, we see from the language of Scripture that his disciples recognized both qualities in him. His humanness began with the Incarnation.

When we consider the Incarnation, it draws us to reflect on Jesus’ whole life, not just his birth. Jesus was born of woman and he died under the law and in between those two events he lived a full life. Jesus grew up from an infant to a man. During those years, he experienced bodily needs such as hunger, thirst, and being tired. He was an average person with a fully functional mind. He experienced emotions like being sad and weeping. He held a job as a carpenter before beginning his three years of ministry. He was, indeed, fully human. As we consider the Incarnation this Christmas, let us together remember the fullness of the man and the fullness of his divinity.

I am reminded of the humility of my Savior and how humble I should be in light of what he has done for me, even me. In the fullness of time God came to join us in our common humanity. He came that He might fully redeem all of us that we might experience adoption as children of God. In this text Paul is writing to the minors as those who have not fully grown into their father’s inheritance. Until these minors grow up they are still no better than slaves.

This text teaches me the purpose of the Incarnation was that we might experience adoption as children. But what good is the adoption if I choose to remain as a slave not growing up into all that God has provided through his humble birth, his fully human experience of life, his cruel death, his powerful resurrection, and the gift of his Spirit. How sad God must be when I live my daily life without embracing the fullness of the gift of life he has given in Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

Let us pray… Father, help us to receive the fullness of our inheritance, crying, “Abba, Father!” We choose today to surrender anew and afresh to the fullness of the God-man Jesus. Marantha! Come, Lord Jesus! This is our Christmas present to You. Father, we want to see Jesus…open our eyes, our ears, our minds, our emotions…to receive anew and afresh the assurance of our adoption as children of God.


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