“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” (John 1:12-13 NIV)
In the movies, when someone suddenly finds out that he or she was “only” adopted, we usually find that person angry, hurt, and depressed. They either rebel against their adoptive parents or set out to search for their biological parents. However, the apostle John reminds us that as Christians, God has given us the right to become His children.
One thing we have to consider is that unlike natural or biological children whom we cannot even choose the gender thereof, adopted children were chosen by their adoptive parents. In spite of our shortcomings and sinful nature, God still chose to adopt us as His children even before the creation of the world (Eph. 1:4-6). Our right standing with God as His children is by God’s grace received through faith in Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross. We have nothing to do with it whatsoever (Eph. 2:8-9). Even our faith itself is a gift from God and not of human decision (John 1:13). In this, we should rejoice with a thankful heart!
Does that mean that we are therefore on equal footing to Jesus? Yes and No. While our Lord Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God; we, on the other hand, are God’s legally adopted children. This means that although we do not share the divine nature of Jesus Christ, we share in His inheritance. The same rule is observed in our civil law on adoption. As Christ’s brothers and sisters, we are co-heirs with Him “if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory” (Rom. 8:17).
Therefore, as children of the Most High God, we should act accordingly…“let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith” (Heb. 12:1-2).