Fellowship of Adoption

by Paul Tautges | March 2, 2013 8:39 am

Continuing yesterday’s post on the privileges of adoption in Christ let’s think for a moment about the fellowship with Christ that we experience as adopted children of God and siblings of Jesus (what John Owen called ‘communion with the Son’[1]). With the Son of God we have the following (I have added the Scripture references for deeper, thoughtful study).

  1. “fellowship in name; we are (as he is) sons of God” (Gal 3:26; 4:6)
  2. “fellowship in title and right; we are heirs, co-heirs with Christ” (Rom 8:16-17)
  3. “fellowship in likeness and conformity; we are predestinated to be like the firstborn of the family” (Rom 8:29)
  4. “fellowship in honour; he is not ashamed to call us brethren” (Heb 2:11-12)
  5. “fellowship in sufferings; he learned obedience by what he suffered, and every son is to be scourged and received” (Phil 3:10; Heb 5:8-10; Heb 12:6-11)
  6. “fellowship in his kingdom; we shall reign with him” (2 Tim 2:12; Rev 20:6).

“See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are” (1 Jn 3:1).

  1. John Owen called ‘communion with the Son’: http://www.heritagebooks.org/a-puritan-theology-doctrine-for-life/

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