Posted by: dhkrause | April 27, 2015

Adopted and Betrothed by God

God is calling a people to be His own, born from above through faith in Jesus Christ (Yeshua the Messiah) and aspiring to be his bride. In Psalm 45, the Psalmist uplifts both the Father and the Son of God, describing a company of people who will love and worship him, and be his glorious bride.

Psalm 45 (NKJV)
The Glories of the Messiah and His Bride
6 Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
7 You love righteousness and hate wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.

11 So the King will greatly desire your beauty;
Because He is your Lord, worship Him.

Regarding adoption, John 1 describes Jesus (Yeshua) as both the Word of God made flesh (v. 14), and as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (v. 29). It is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit (v. 33). To those who receive him, who believe in his name, he gives the right to become children of God, born of God (v. 12-13).

John 1
The Eternal Word
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.

10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

The Word Becomes Flesh
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

15 John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’” 16 And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.

The Lamb of God
29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is He of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.’ 31 I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water.”

32 And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. 33 I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”

In John chapter 3, Jesus emphasizes that to enter the kingdom of God one must be born again from above, of the Spirit of God, by receiving and believing in him.

There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”

Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world through Him might be saved.

Paul wrote in Romans 8 about the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out “Abba Father”,
walking in the fruits of the Spirit, and eagerly awaiting the adoption that will include the
redemption of our body.

Romans 8
15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the
Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”
16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God …
23 … we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within
ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.

In her book, “Who is Israel? Redeemed Israel A Primer” (pp. 61-62), Batya Ruth Wootten
notes that Paul spoke of his kinsmen according to the flesh and he said they “are
Israelites, to whom belongs the adoption as sons, and the glory and the covenants and
the giving of the Law and the temple service and the promises” (Romans 9:4).

Paul also says God wanted to “redeem those who were under the Law, that we might
receive the adoption as sons” (Galatians 4:5).

Paul also wrote to the saints at Ephesus and told them that, God “predestined us to
adoption as sons through Messiah Yeshua to Himself, according to the kind intention of
His will” (Ephesians 1:5):

Ephesians 1
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with
every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him
before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before
Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself,
according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace,
by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

Whether Jew or Gentile, God is calling us to the redemption that is found in Yeshua the
Messiah, Jesus Christ.  Born again by the Spirit through faith, we receive adoption as
sons and daughters.  God is seeking a people in love with him who will be his bride.

David Krause, dhkrause@neteze.com, https://compellinglove.net/, 4/26/2015


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