God’s Purpose of Adoption

In the Jesus story we see the dearly loved Son relating to his Father in love. He was constantly responding to his Father in love as he overflowed in the joy of the Spirit. We would do well to constantly pay attention to all this. However, God wants us to move from being mere spectators of the triune communion to being participators. The communal God wants to include us within the communion.  The three don’t want to keep the love relationship to themselves they want to include us.

We sometimes speak about receiving Christ into our lives. But God’s purpose is that the Father’s Son might receive us into his life. Within his life, we are adopted sons and daughters sharing in his love relationship with the Father in the Spirit.

If we want to understand who we are and why we are here, then we must begin with the relationship of Father and Son in the Spirit. This relationship holds the answer to the “why” of creation, the “why” of your life and mine. The Father, Son and Spirit created the human race to share what they have together with us. They brought us into existence so that we might share in the Son’s love relationship with the Father in the Spirit. The one purpose arising out of the triune communion, before time, is our adoption into the Son’s relationship with the Father.

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