Huiothesian (hwē-o-the-sē’-än) means “adopted” in Greek and is the term used by the Apostle Paul to describe the incredible relationship that Christians have with the God of the universe (Rom. 8:15, 23; 9:4; Gal. 4:5; Eph. 1:5). We are his beloved children, constantly failing but continually persevering. He is our loving Father, faithfully forgiving and ever sustaining.
J. I. Packer writes,
Were I asked to focus the New Testament message in three words, my proposal would be adoption through propitiation, and I do not expect ever to meet a richer or more pregnant summary of the gospel than that. (Knowing God, p. 214)
This blog is an attempt to think and write—on the Bible, the church, theology, culture, and everything else—in the light of that glorious truth.
For a basic introduction to the doctrine of adoption, see my post entitled “Adoption: The Highest Privilege of the Gospel.” You can also see a list of all posts related to adoption here. A few good books on the topic include:
- Adopted Into God’s Family: Exploring a Pauline Metaphor – Trevor J. Burke
- Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living Through the Rediscovery of Abba Father – Dan Cruver (editor)
- Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families & Churches – Russell D. Moore
- The Message of Sonship – Trevor J. Burke