From The Pee Dee Baptist Association—Featured this week is Rev. Greg Hyler, the pastor of Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Dillon.
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, made of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.”- Galations 4:4-7
In the passage above, the Bible teaches that Jesus’ death and resurrection made possible both redemption and adoption for all mankind. Redemption means to set free by paying a price. Jesus paid, through His death, the penalty for all who have broken God’s law. The Bible teaches, “The wages of sin is death.” Jesus died to pay the sin debt of all of humanity. Because Jesus never sinned, He did not deserve death. Therefore, He rose victorious over death on the third day. Anyone who wishes to trust Jesus’ work for his/her salvation may repent and put their faith in Him, and experience freedom from the penalty of sin.
Adoption is an additional grace from God. J.I. Packer called adoption, “The highest privilege that the gospel offers.” Once one’s sin debts are paid by Jesus, he/she is now able to have a relationship with God. God chooses to adopt all believers into His family as sons/daughters. Christians know God as Father. A good father is one who provides protection, support, provision, stability, security, and love. God is the greatest father there has ever been. He will never give up or abandon His child (only bad fathers do that). He provides an eternal home for all family members. God’s Spirit indwells the believer to testify to God’s adoption of His child (verse 6). God even promises a future inheritance to His children (verse 7).
The Bible teaches, “And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” If you are willing to turn from sin and place your trust in Jesus for salvation, God will not only forgive you, He will also adopt you.
The following prayer is given to help you: Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I need you to save me. I believe You are God’s Son, You died for me, and You are alive today. I am asking You to save me. I am trusting in Your death and resurrection to pay for my sin debt. I turn from my sin and pledge to follow You as Lord of my life. Thank You for dying for me, and thank You for saving me. Amen.