Is a person who is born of a parent adopted?
Question by Broken Alabaster Flask: Is a person who is born of a parent adopted?
We see in the book of John that we have been born again, we have been born of the Spirit of God and this Spirit Himself witnesses with our spirit that we are children of God. Our spirit has been born of God. There is a part of our being that has God’s spiritual DNA, His life and this life has a divine nature and capacity to bring us all on to maturity to be the many sons of God and heirs of God as we grow in Him day by day…
We see some very good versions of the bible that render ” spirit of adoption ” as ” spirit of sonship” instead. There is a very significant difference between the two.
Why is this kind of rendering of the word something that defrauds us of who we really are to God as His Children. An adopted child, even though he is loved, still does not bear the ” Life” of the Father of whom he has been adopted by. In like manner, had we only been adopted into God’s family, we would not be those who bear God’s Life as His children. We need to see that it is this Life that we have received that develops and works to transform and conform us to the image of Christ. Our chrisitan growth is not about good outward behavior, but rather, our christian life is altogther a matter of the Life of God that we have received into our spirit, that gradually works to change us inwardly… Adoption cannot accomplish this. So tell me something, has the rendering of ” Adoption ” in some of the versions of the Bible caused us to miss the depth of our spiritual birth as children of God?
Ty for pondering these points that I raised and giving your view on it.
Answer by Adziwa
Hello again beautiful sister…
Truly I sometimes wonder where you get your thoughts and questions – I would love to know you in person and not just through this site! You inspire and challenge with your questions and thoughts :o)
You are right, this issue of sonship versus adoption gives a very different meaning. A son bears the very make-up and likeness of his father just as we are being molded into the likeness of our Lord Jesus so that we reflect the characteristics of our Father in heaven.
We must always be careful when interpreting the Bible. Indeed this passage in Romans 8 which speaks of the Spirit of sonship or adoption uses the Greek word Huiothesia which according to a Greek Lexicon means:
1) adoption, adoption as sons
2) that relationship which God was pleased to establish between himself and the Israelites in preference to all other nations
3) the nature and condition of the true disciples in Christ, who by receiving the Spirit of God into their souls become sons of God
4) the blessed state looked for in the future life after the visible return of Christ from heaven
In our modern interpretation of adoption we think of a person who is not part of the family being made a part of the family by legal decision. Such a person will be considered a part of the family but will never actually bear any genetic resemblance to the father and mother who adopt. In fact there are many scholars who would agree with you on this potential mistranslation and I think you might enjoy reading the following article on the subject:
Our reality is not just adoption as sons but being made into the very likeness of His Son. We will not be outsiders legally forged in to a family but always feeling as if we don’t belong but we will be truly integrated into the family of Christ as those who are far more than illegitimate children but sons who bear the spiritual DNA of our
Father in heaven, those who character and likeness are a representation of our Father in heaven, who cannot be seen as distinct but are forever seen as sons, identified from as distance because in spirit we are one and the same…
May God bless you richly my beautiful sister as you continue to challenge us with your thoughts!
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