TUESDAY, JANUARY 1
Scripture: Ephesians 1:5
Ephesians 1:5 says, “Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ Himself according to the good pleasure of His will.” The Greek word for adoption is hwee-oth-es-ee-aa and it speaks of the relationship that God was pleased to establish between Himself and the Israelites in preference to all other nations. In effect the Israelites became sons and daughters or family of the Most High. This issue of adoption is the issue of family relationship that gets established between God and Israel and is now available for every believer through Christ. Becoming a Christian means accepting the offer of adoption by God Himself through Christ. Let believing Christians arise and recognize their privileges and status as legal sons and daughters in the realm of the Spirit! This covenantal adoption legally ushers us into full sonship which was purchased by the Blood of Christ. Just as the Israelites had a special relationship that comes with privileges so do faithful, obedient Christians. We can’t live crooked and expect covenant blessings.