There once was a man who owned a reform school in the heart of England who came across a boy that he tried everything to reform.
He tried the hard treatment; locking him up with little food or water for hours and sometimes days at a time…. It didn’t work.
He tried the soft treatment; giving him luxury, kindness and the niceties of this world… It didn’t work.
Nothing changed him; he remained a rebel.
One day, at the end of his rope, he called the boy into his office and told him that he has one last idea left, but he could not do it unless the boy consented freely of his own will.
He asked the boy if he could adopt him and call him His son.
He said to him, “you will come and live in my house and be my child and carry my name, so that any time you get into trouble again, it will be my name that you drag down from now on”
He asked him one more time, “Will you allow me to adopt you?”
The boy replied “Yes”
Now, if i told you that from that day forward the boy no longer got into trouble all of his days, I would be lying to you.
But, if I told you that from that day forward, he no longer wanted to get into trouble, well, then I’d be telling you the truth.
The Doctrine of Adoption
He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will
To redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him
1 John 3:1
For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith
This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God
Truly I tell you, I wish you all grace brothers and sisters, in Christ
MC Jin – Angels