In the Old Testament, God made covenants and promises to Abraham. But when Jesus came in the fullness of time, God chose adoption to claim us as his own children. That’s right, we are in God’s family.
Galatians 4:4-7 King James Version (KJV)
4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
Fullness of time hypothesis
The Fullness of Time Hypothesis (FTH) suggests that God prepared the world for the coming of Jesus Christ by transforming the belief systems of major civilizations and homogenizing cultures for rapid communication. The dominant culture in this time is Hellenism as propagated by Alexander the Great and the Roman Empire. Multi-cultural and multi-national in scope, the Roman Empire supported a legal system based on individual behavior. The individual and the nuclear family became the propagators of culture and promoters of individualism.
Previous cultures were primarily tribal in structure which suppressed marked individualism, self expression and deviant behavior. In other words, the tribe was more important than the individual. When you are adopted into a tribe, you do not have a particular nuclear family. But when you are adopted today, you belong forever to your adopted nuclear family.
Jesus taught us to call God our Heavenly Father.
Matthew 6:9-10 King James Version (KJV)
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Adoption gives us cuddly assurances of God’s love, care and concern for our well being. The promises and covenants given to Abraham and his descendants seem cold and impersonal by comparison. If covenants are broken or if promises are not kept, who are we to complain to God? But we are forever installed in God’s family and no promise or covenant can overrule it.
How do I become adopted into God’s family? I must have faith in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.
Ye are gods — friends
Jesus answered the religious idolaters when they accused him of blasphemy.
John 10:34-37 King James Version (KJV)
34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?
35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;
36 Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?
37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.
Our relationship with Jesus is also intimate and personal. We are his friends.
John 15:15-16 King James Version (KJV)
15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
The Joy of Jesus
THE JOY OF JESUS by Doreen Virtue expresses the wonderful joyful relationship that comes from being in the family of God. This personal journey of discovery is a powerful testimony of how real and wonderful our heavenly father is. This free e-book is available for download at the above link.