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Adoption: Receiving God's Inheritance

Valerie Ferrara

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. –Ephesians 1:3-8

"Enthusiastic" is the only appropriate word to describe High School Pastor Jon Kim of Grace Chapel, Lexington, as he addressed Chapel attendees Wednesday morning.

Pastor Kim confessed to being quite an avid sports fan; he loves all Boston sports teams but is an especially fervent admirer of Celtics player Jayson Tatum. One Sunday about two years ago, Jayson Tatum attended a Grace Chapel service, and Pastor Kim got to meet his basketball hero. He could not contain his excitement and texted "I met Jayson Tatum!" to everyone he knew.

He soon realized, however, that he had never been as excited to share the gospel of Jesus Christ as he was sharing that he had met his basketball champion.

"Maybe you have lost the excitement of telling everyone about Jesus," Pastor Kim said. He admitted that there had come a time in his life when the joy he had felt at first believing in Christ had started to erode. He discussed this with a mentor, an older person who seemed to always be joyful. When Pastor Kim asked this man how he had kept his joy, he replied, "It is in knowing the Father's heart."

"What does that mean?" Pastor Kim asked his listeners. "What is it to understand that God is my Father, to know God in that personal way?" Referring to the above scripture, Pastor Kim explained that the term "adopt" at the time Ephesians was written did not mean what it means today; people of that day did not adopt infants. They adopted other adults. Why? Suppose a couple had no children. They might adopt an adult who would then become their heir. "That's what it means to be God's sons and daughters," Pastor Kim said. "He has given us His inheritance."

We are promised four things in the Ephesians passage:

1.      God has poured out on us His glorious grace.

2.      He purchased our freedom (redemption) with the blood of His Son.

3.      He forgave our sins.

4.      He has showered us with His kindness, wisdom, and understanding.

Pastor Kim closed by stating the most important words of this bit of scripture are "loved us." God has given all these things because He loves us, and He calls us "sons and daughters."