But when the proper time had fully come, God sent His Son…To purchase the freedom of (to ransom, to redeem, to atone for) those who were subject to the Law, that we might be adopted and have sonship conferred upon us [and be recognized as God’s sons]. ~ Galatians 4:4-5
My brother and sister-in-law are in the process of adopting two beautiful little girls as their own. Our little girl was born within a month of my brother’s girls moving in with them. My parents assured us all that they would not love or treat any of the girls more special than the others. Why? Because they are all granddaughters, fully and completely special and in need of love. My brother and I are both grateful for that. I’m sure his fear was that our parents might favor our daughter because she’s the “first born granddaughter,” while my husband & I feared that my brothers girls might be favored because they live closer.
One thing we really appreciate about my parents is that their love of all the granddaughters is a reflection of the scripture above: they are all recognized as granddaughters—as a part of the family. That’s what God says to us: you are a part of His family. You no longer have to fall subject to the former heritage, for God purchased you at full expense that He might call you His own. Whatever baggage we thought we had to bring along has been destroyed. Whatever debt we thought would always be there has been paid. All the sins of the past have been eliminated because we have been made free forever.
Thank you, Father that you love us enough that you sent your Son as a sacrifice so you could adopt us. Just as my brother is adopting their two daughters, you have adopted their family and our family to be a part of Your family. Thank you for demonstrating this love to us that we could pass it along to our children. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.
Jesus answered them, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, Whoever commits and practices sin is the slave of sin. Now a slave does not remain in a household permanently (forever); the son [of the house] does remain forever…Therefore, you are no longer a slave (bond servant) but a son; and if a son, then [it follows that you are] an heir by the aid of God, through Christ. (John 8:34-35; Galatians 4:7)