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Orphans and the Glory of God, Pt. 2

May 29, 2016 Speaker: Brent Small

Topic: Adoption Passage: Galatians 4:1–4:7

In this sermon podcast on Galatians 4:1-7; Pastor Brent offers 2 reflective elements of adoption that shine for the reality of the believer’s spiritual adoption by God through the gospel.

What are the biblical motivations that compel God’s people to care for orphans through adoption and other ministry strategies? The New Testament does not command the believer to adopt or even care for the orphan. However, Scripture provides compelling reasons that move the believer to consider orphan care.

The most natural motivation for Christians to adopt children lies at the heart of the gospel. It is in the gospel that God adopts the sinner who has been orphaned from Him because of sin. The picture is vivid and dramatic because it is through the redeeming work of Christ that our Heavenly Father adopts each one of us to be a son, i.e. “sons of God.”

In Galatians, the Apostle Paul is calling the Galatian believers to not turn back to law-keeping for righteousness, but to hold fast to the gospel through which true righteousness is received. As Paul makes his argument, he proceeds to unveil that through the redeeming work of Christ God actually adopts every believer to be a “son of God.”

Paul uses the picture of physical adoption in the first century to illustrate the believer’s spiritual adoption by God. In doing so, Paul also provides a powerful motivation for God’s people to care for orphans because of its reflective power of our spiritual adoption through Christ.