Wednesday, August 30, 2017

No Longer Orphans

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

You are no longer an orphan. That's what Jesus meant when He said, “I will not leave you comfortless…” [John 14.18]. The word translated comfortless means, as orphans. It means that, in Christ, you have been adopted by God. Now, all of the promises to His children are yours. 

I recently read about the Roman custom of adoption, which allowed a slave owner to adopt a slave as an heir of his estate. Once adopted, the new heir could never be made a slave again. The debts of the former slave were dissolved and the newly adopted son became heir of the estate. Though a father could disinherit a biological son, Roman law forbade the estrangement of an adopted son.

Once adopted, you belong to your father forever!

If you are a Christ follower, you haven’t just moved from being an orphan to being an adopted child. You have moved from being a slave to being the rightful heir of your Heavenly Father forever.

You cannot be unadopted, disinherited, or estranged!

The debt of your sin has been cancelled, never to be held against you. You belong to God and now have access to His entire estate. And think about this one: the Father isn’t just legally committed to you, He is also in love with you. His entire being is committed to your welfare. He chose you in Christ before the foundation of the world. You are loved forever.

This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.. Ephesians 3.6

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