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Chapter 12: Of Adoption

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Chapter 12
ADOPTION

12.1 God has granted1 that, in and for His only Son Jesus Christ,2 all those who are justified3 share in the grace of adoption. By this they are numbered with and enjoy the liberties and privileges of the children of God. They have His name put upon them,4 and receive the Spirit of adoption. They have access to the throne of grace with boldness, and are able to cry, 'Abba, Father!'5 They are pitied, protected, provided for, and chastened by Him as by a father, yet they are never cast off, but are sealed to the day of redemption,6 and inherit the promises as Heirs of everlasting salvation.7

(1) 1 John 3:1-3
(2) Ephesians 1:5; Galatians 4:4-5; Romans 8:17,29
(3) Galatians 3:24-26
(4) Romans 8:17; John 1:12; 2 Corinthians 6:18; Revelation 3:12
(5) Romans 8:15; Ephesians 3:12; Romans 5:2; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 2:18
(6) Psalms 103:13; Proverbs 14:26; Matthew 6:30,32; 1 Peter 5:7; Hebrews 12:6; Isaiah 54:8-9; Lam 3:31; Ephesians 4:30
(7) Romans 8:17; Hebrews 1:14; 9:15